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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 16th March 2018

A cool windy day with an increasing east breeze, a young Peregrine was hunting the grazing marshes, a Woodlark flew over the pines and a Grey Wagtail was feeding along the edge of the Broadwater. A flock of 16 Ruff were on the NWT reserve and a Greenshank was on the lavender marsh. Two Stonechats were of interest and 2 Kittiwakes flew east offshore.

Images of Stonechat, Kestrel and Knot from Steve Hale, all taken in Holme recording area today

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Norfolk Iceland Gull juv Blakeney Point on beach between Halfway House +Long Hills
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeders from Volunteer Hide at 2.41pm
Norfolk Osprey Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide
Norfolk 10.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB still offshore this a'noon
Norfolk Shag ad Hunstanton on sea off cliffs at 2.20pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on seafront
Norfolk Bittern Sculthorpe Moor NR still from Victors Hide at 1.31pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Welney WWT still from Main Observatory at 11am (+Spoonbill. Great White Egret on Lady Fen)
Norfolk Snow Bunting Sheringham still early a'noon at west end of Promenade
Norfolk Great White Egret WSW of Norwich at Earlham Marsh again 12.30pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w y'day Sheringham still in front of Fishermen's Heritage Centre in a'noon. male.Black Redstart in garden at midday
Norfolk Snow Bunting Sheringham still at west end of promenade
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR still on feeders from Volunteer Hide at 9.24am
Norfolk Bittern Sculthorpe Moor NR still at pool at rear of scrape from Victors Hide at 9.09am +showing well
Norfolk Hen Harrier y'day Surlingham Marsh