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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 21st November 2017

More interesting birds seen today included the flock of around 20 Twite on the saltmarsh at Thornham Harbour, a Woodcock flushed from the East Bank path early morning and an adult Little Gull seen offshore.

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Norfolk Water Pipit Potter Heigham Marshes this morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck Brancaster Staithe still in channel
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT still 1.42pm off beach car park
Norfolk 20+Twite Thornham Harbour still on saltmarsh near car park
Norfolk probable Grey Phal flew west past Titchwell RSPB at 1.20pm
Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Cley NWT again on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide at 12.30pm
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew west over Thorpe Marriott at midday
Norfolk c50.Snow Buntings Cley still west of Beach Road car park near fishing boats at 11.09am
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich still at Colney GPs tho elusive
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB