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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.

Wednesday 29th November 2017

A cold and breezy day with several hail showers meant limited interest around the reserve - a lone Bearded Tit was in the reeds near the Observatory,  a single Fieldfare was present and a female Blackcap was seen. Two Rock Pipits were in Thornham Harbour whilst a walk along the beach produced 5 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Goldeneye.

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Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk 40.Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site car park at midday. Use free car park at St.Helen's Picnic Site TL.826.874. Do not park along access road
Norfolk Blue Fulmar flew east past Sheringham +Shag east. 3.Goosanders flew west +19.Bonxies
Norfolk Shorelark Snettisham Coastal Park still 3.30pm on beach just north of Heacham Dam
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals still 3.08pm Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide
Norfolk 3.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB in long vegetation in NE corner mid a'noon tho distant (+65.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Weybourne in stubble field between windmill +coastguard cottages viewed from gateway
Norfolk Swallow Wells still at Beach Cafe
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley viewed from beach car park at 12.56pm
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Winterton on Sea late morning
Norfolk 2.Grey Phals Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh. Little Auk flew west 9am-11.45am (+10.Little Gulls)
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley still on Watling Water at 10am with 100.Dark-bellied Brent Geese then flew south +lost to view (Spotted Redshank on Arnold's Marsh)