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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.

Saturday 2nd December 2017

With lighter winds today, seawatching produced 3 Eiders, 450 Common Scoters, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-throated, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers. On the grazing marshes 250 Golden Plover, 295 Lapwings, 700+ Wigeon, 1800 Teal, 3000 Pink-feet and 10 Barnacle Geese were of particular note, with Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Stonechats, a single Redpoll and 30 Snow Buntings also seen.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR male Eccles-on-Sea c1ml SE of Cart Gap by Beach Road opposite end of Eccles Beach Caravan Park in wheat field at 2.40pm tho distant. Park at Cart Gap +walk SE along tracks cTG.407.289
Norfolk no further sign of Desert Wheatear Happisburgh by 2.30pm (but c30.Snow Buntings. Black Redstart at base of cliff 200yds south of beach car park)
Norfolk 15+Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren NE of level crossing at 2.35pm
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings flew east over Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk c6.Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren by level crossing at 2.20pm
Norfolk 6.Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks still 1.30pm
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Happisburgh on beach briefly 2.15pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Mundesley on beach at 11am then flew NE
Norfolk Hen Harrier fem Clippesby over marshes near Oby Mill at 11.30am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Titchwell RSPB at 12.30pm
Norfolk DESERT WHEATEAR Happisburgh
Norfolk 18.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB by railway line early a'noon
Norfolk 4.Hen Harriers (1.male) y'day Stiffkey Fen late a'noon
Norfolk 3.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren. Use free car park at St.Helen's Picnic Site then walk NW along rd for 350yds to pines N.of access rd; do not park by access rd TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk 10.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB from east end of railway station late morning
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Titchwell RSPB on sea +Velvet Scoter. Firecrest by visitor centre
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley still in winter wheat field on east side of Old Woman's Lane by entrance to Barn Drift late morning
Norfolk no sign of any Parrot Crossbills 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren by 11.15am. Use free car park at St.Helen's Picnic Site then walk NW along rd for 350yds to pines N.of access rd; do not park by access rd TL.826.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk c30.Snow Buntings Holme NWT at 11am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv still Cley NWT off coastguards at 9.30am (Russian White-fronted Goose flew west at 10am +25.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum feeding under trees in paddock at 10.15am
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT on beach 400yds west of north end of East Bank at 9.10am