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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.

Tuesday 14th November 2017

The sea was unsurprisingly quieter than the last few days, though a Juvenile Sabine's Gull and a Little Auk were both seen. Other birds on the sea included single Long-tailed Ducks and Eider plus 8 Little Gulls. A calling Snow Bunting was recorded flying East along the beach and whilst Starlings were still the predominant species noted moving west during the day, 32 Snipe were also counted flying over.

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Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w still 2.20pm between Kelling Hard +Salthouse
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still mid a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w flew west past Mundesley at 8.35am
Norfolk Waxwing Stiffkey at campsite car park at 2.06pm
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT by orangery +main car park this a'noon
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w still 1pm east of Kelling Hard
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w still 11.55am Kelling Quags on sea
Norfolk Snow Bunting between Cromer +Overstrand by clifftop path +showing well
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches Felbrigg Hall NT still by orangery
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still just south of beach car park in Eye Field at 11.03am with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Little Auk y'day flew north past Waxham at 3.35pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w still 10.45am Cley east of Arnold's Marsh on sea north of Sea Pool
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w still 10.35am Cley NWT on North Scrape
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Cley 300yds east of beach car park on sea near wreck at 10.12am +showing well
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks still Happisburgh in field south of lighthouse at 10.14am (+20.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Waxwing Norwich north of city centre in rowan at Magpie Road/ Starling Road junction then flew north TG.229.096 NR3 3ED
Norfolk Hawfinch flew west over New Costessey at 7.35am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl y'day flew over Weybourne Camp
Norfolk 3.Little Auks y'day flew past Holme Dunes (+4.Little Gulls)