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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.

Monday 4th December 2017

Seawatching today produced 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Fulmar, and 2 Great Crested Grebes. Six Snow Buntings were on the beach. A pair of Bearded Tits was near the sea wall at Thornham, and a Lapland Bunting was at the compound.

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Norfolk Firecrest Kelling in garden of Owlwood Cottage at 2.05pm
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Warham Greens late a'noon
Norfolk c70.Snow Buntings still Eccles on beach near northernmost reef
Norfolk 28.Twite just west of Thornham Harbour at 1.26pm
Norfolk 12.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site entrance TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Eccles-on-Sea 150yds NW of Church Lane at Hedgehog Walk/ Cross Lane junction this a'noon (+1+Mealy Redpoll still) TG.404.292 NR12 0SZ
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley on beach at 12.15pm
Norfolk c10.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site entrance at 11.05am TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still 11am Eccles-on-Sea 2/3ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Rd in wheat field opp end of Eccles Beach Caravan Pk +2.Shorelarks. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks; no parking on Beach Rd NR12 0QL TG.407.289
Norfolk Firecrest Sheringham at Beeston Common still
Norfolk Grey Phal Cley NWT on Billy's Wash at 9.10am
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male still Eccles-on-Sea 2/3ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Rd in wheat field opp end of Eccles Beach Caravan Pk tho distant. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks; no parking on Beach Rd NR12 0QL cTG.407.289
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Trimingham on beach at 8am then flew towards Mundesley