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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 26th November 2017

A single Shorelark was on the beach just off the Golf Course again this morning and 4 Snow Buntings also present. The flock of 20+ Twite was again at Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk c60.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle near North Screen at 1.45pm
Norfolk 28.Parrot Crossbills NE of Santon Downham by level crossing at Santon Warren at 1.50pm then flew towards St.Helen's Picnic Site
Norfolk 20.Twite Thornham Harbour still 1pm
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT still just east of East Bank on The Serpentine
Norfolk 16.Parrot Crossbills still 12.15pm NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Weybourne still in stubble field SW of coastguards cottage late morning (+9.Snow Buntings flew west)
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Holme at end of golf course at 11.50am
Norfolk Black Brant ad between Cley +Salthouse south of A149 in wheat field opposite Babcock Hide at 11.40am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk c40.Snow Buntings Cley NWT still on shingle near North Screen late morning
Norfolk 16.Parrot Crossbills still 10.55am NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site
Norfolk Swallow Wells still at Beach Cafe
Norfolk Hawfinch Felbrigg Hall NT still behind orangery tea rooms then flew towards lake
Norfolk 16.Parrot Crossbills till 7.50am NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site then flew west
Norfolk 15.Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site