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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.



Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Sunday 19th November 2017

Two Water Rails were calling from the Broadwater. 130 Black-tailed Godwits and 700+ Teal were around the fresh marsh. A Greenshank was at Gore Point, a Kingfisher was near the Hun sluice and 2 Bearded Tits were feeding in reeds near the Broadwater Hide.

Another Red Admiral and Common Darter were again seen in the shelter of the pines.

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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck 1w.drk Burnham Deepdale this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still Stiffkey with cattle opposite Red Lion pub TF.968.431
Norfolk Snow Bunting flew west over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe still early a'noon in channel
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT 250yds east of beach car park on sea by wreck early a'noon +juv.Iceland Gull still
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew past Salthouse
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT 250yds east of beach car park on sea by wreck at 11.10am
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Weybourne again on beach at 10.20am then flew west
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Cley NWT on shingle west of north end of East Bank at 10.50am. 30.Snow Buntings 300yds east of beach car park at 10.55am
Norfolk 2.Pale-bellied Brent Geese Burnham Norton with 370.Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Water Pipit Berney Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Sheringham flew west along seafront at 10.40am
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT just east of East Bank at north end of The Serpentince at 10am
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Felbrigg Hall NT flew north over orangery +2+Hawfinches still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe still in channel mid morning
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Weybourne just west of beach car park at 8.50am
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits y'day Cantley beet factory still