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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 8th November 2017

Seawatching today produced counts of 500 Common Scoter,  32 Eider, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Red-throated Divers and a Pomarine Skua. A woodcock was watched coming in off the sea, at least two Water Rails were heard calling around the Broadwater and Short-eared Owl was at Thornham Harbour mid-afternoon..

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Norfolk 3.Purple Sands Sheringham on rocks just east of Wee Retreat
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham 500yds east of Lady Ann's Drive in field south of main track at 11.20am then flew east +may have landed west of caravan park on Quarles Marsh (Snow Bunting flew over Wells Wood)
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks Holkham 500yds east of Lady Ann's Drive in field south of main track at 11.20am then flew east +may have landed west of caravan park on Quarles Marsh (Snow Bunting flew over Wells Wood)
Norfolk Shorelark reported y'day Holme
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 11.31am on Simmonds' Scrape from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.fem 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA at 8.15am then flew north over Snipes Marsh
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT still 8.30am. From East Bank car park walk east along Attenborough Walk for 400yds to view small pool
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Cley flew past coastguards +Scaup Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks (1.ad.drk) Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets still just east of Stiffkey in flooded cattle field south of A149 at 8.59a
Norfolk 2.Hawfinches flew south over Felmingham at 7.45am