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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 6th December 2017

Nine Barnacle Geese were again in amongst at least 2,000 Pink-feet on the grazing Marsh, a Peregrine drifted over the Observatory early morning and on the sea birds seen included two Long-tailed Ducks and seven Eider.

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Norfolk Hawfinch Felbrigg Hall NT still in trees behind hall at 2.20pm
Norfolk Glaucous Gull Felbrigg Park in field between main car park +church at 2.15pm
Norfolk 21.Parrot Crossbills still 1.20pm 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site along bridleway north of railway. Park only in car park TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk Great White Egret Norwich still at Colney GPs tho elusive
Norfolk c30.Parrot Crossbills still 3/4ml ESE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site in pines east of road 100yds north of crossing at 10.10am then flew north. Park only in car park TL.825.874 IP27 0TT
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Eccles-on-Sea 150yds NW of Church Lane in weedy field at Hedgehog Walk/ Cross Lane junction at 11am +showing well (+2+Mealy Redpolls) TG.404.292 NR12 0SZ
Norfolk 20.Twite still Thornham Harbour by red brick building
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB +11.Long-tailed Ducks Great Northern Diver 3.Spotted Redshanks +Snow Bunting flew east
Norfolk Twite Thornham Harbour by red brick building at 9.59am