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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.

Thursday 30th November 2017

Seabird passage was the main feature today, with 12 Brents, 166 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 13 Eider, 200 Common Scoters, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Fulmars, 4 Gannets, 26 Kittiwakes, 3 Guillemots, 4 Goosanders, 54 Shelduck, 4 Little Gulls, 1 Little Auk, 1 Glaucous Gull, and 20 Pintail.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Sheringham this morning (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk 14.Snow Buntings Winterton beach this morning
Norfolk 30.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at midday.Use free car park at St.Helen's Picnic Site then walk NW along rd for 350yds to pines N.of access rd; do not park by access rd TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Weybourne flew west past Weybourne Camp (+Caspian Gull Long-tailed Duck)
Norfolk no sign of Shorelark Snettisham Coastal Park (but Snow Bunting on beach just north of crossbank)
Norfolk Little Auk Cley flew west past beach car park mid morning (+2.Black throated Divers drk.Long-tailed Duck)
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Holkham Park still near main entrance in yew in garden with bird feeders
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Holme Dunes
Norfolk Glaucous Gull ad flew east past Holme Dunes at 9.05am
Norfolk 3+Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren. Use free car park at St.Helen's Picnic Site then walk NW along road for 350yds to pines north of access road; do not park along access rd TL.826.874 IP27 0TT