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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 5th November 2017

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Grey Phal till c11.20am Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape then flew east
Norfolk probable Black-throated Diver Winterton offshore
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still 11am just south of beach car park in Eye Field with .Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape late morning
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Sheringham at 10.40am
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still 10.50am Salthouse at north end of Iron Road then flew west +landed by Sea Pool
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER flew east past Sheringham +appeared to land off Cromer at 10.30am
Norfolk 9.Snow Buntings Winterton
Norfolk 4.Mealy Redpolls 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Cley NWT by visitor centre
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Salthouse at north end of Iron Road at 10.35am
Norfolk 2+Hawfinches East Wretham Heath in hornbeams (for 2nd day)
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still just west of West Bank at 10.10am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Water Pipit Halvergate Marshes early morning +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk Little Auk flew north past Walcott at 9.40am (+probable Great Northern Diver flew south)
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 9am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still just east of pier at 8.30am
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew NW over Whitlingham Ctry Park 7.03-7.10am
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Cley at 8.17am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting flew west over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Dotterel still Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh (+Purple Sand