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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.

Thursday 5th April 2018

A male Black Redstart was present on the east bank during the morning, making its way westwards. At least 2 Swallows also passed through west, and 4 Chiffchaffs were counted. Two Ring Ouzels were reported in the dunes, 12 Eider were offshore, a Peregrine was busy hunting during the morning and 2 Cetti's Warblers were at the village hides.

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Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still from Babcock Hide at 3.06pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Burnham Norton on marshes at 1pm +Water Pipit
Norfolk Black Redstart fem/1w.male Cley NWT still 1.35pm behind visitor centre
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv flew west past Weybourne this morning +imm.Iceland Gull flew west
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Beeston Common flew south past pond
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley NWT at visitor centre
Norfolk 2+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane (+Mealy Redpoll) TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Black Redstart Heacham North Beach midway to Hunstanton by pink chalet.42
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk Hooded Crow Choseley still near pig farm west of drying barns
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Salthouse just east of Beach Road
Norfolk Redstart male between Hunstanton +Heacham by chalets cTF.666.384
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Snettisham Coastal Park at 8.30am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still 1/3ml SSE of Felthorpe +SW of church in field east of Brand's Lane TG.167.170 NR10 4DZ
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Choseley in hedge c300yds north of drying barns
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Choseley in hedge c300yds north of drying barns