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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.

Friday 8th December 2017

On the sea today, 77 Common Scoters, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebes and a Guillemot were of note, while around the reserve 2 Stonechats were near the Observatory building.

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Norfolk c20.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren just north of level crossing at 1.20pm. Park only in car park TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk 18.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still in fields 300yds east of railway station at 12.19pm
Norfolk 11+Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren by level crossing at 11.28am. Park only in car park TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Weybourne flew east over beach at 11.05am
Norfolk 4+Common Cranes on Wednesday Lakenheath Fen RSPB. On Tuesday 9.Common Cranes
Norfolk Glaucous Gull flew SE past Trimingham at 9.40am
Norfolk Waxwing Ashill on crab apple in garden at 7.30am