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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 29th October 2018

On and around the reserve there at least 12 Crossbills in the Pines, four Bearded Reedlings along the edge of the Broadwater and Short-eared Owl and Merlin over the Grazing Marsh. Along the beach there were a flock of around 25 Snow Buntings and a Lapland Bunting with the six Shorelark still present on the beach near the Golf course. The sea produced counts of 18 Eider, 3 Little auks, and single Sabine's Gull, Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe and Great Northern Diver.

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Norfolk 6.Shorelarks still Holme Dunes NWT on beach east of golf course this a'noon
Norfolk probable Arctic Redpoll Winterton North Dunes in bushes near totem pole
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey south of A149 along path by flood
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Morston by pond near start of Langham Road
Norfolk 3.Long-tailed Ducks flew south past Waxham this morning +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER still 1pm NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp in scrub on east side of mound
Norfolk 1+COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Wells Woods still 3pm at puddles on main track tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Waxham this morning
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL still 2.45pm Titchwell RSPB in suaeda by main path tho elusive
Norfolk DUSKY WARBLER NW of Weybourne at Weybourne Camp. 3.Little Auks flew west 7.10am-12.40pm +Lapland Bunting flew east
Norfolk Long-eared Owl Horsey still mid a'noon in oak in willow scrub west of coast path c400yds north of car park
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Blakeney Point c300yds west of Cley beach car park mid a'noon
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL again mid a'noon Titchwell RSPB in suaeda by main path tho elusive
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Wells Woods this morning with c60.Lesser Redpolls tho mobile (for 2nd day)
Norfolk no further sign of Little Auk Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow
Norfolk no further sign of Red-flanked Bluetail Titchwell RSPB on path c100yds south of beach by 12.50pm
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Waxham flew SE over Shangri-La chalet at 12.30pm
Norfolk Barred Warbler still early a'noon Burnham Overy Dunes at east end +Waxwing ove
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard flew north over Horsey Gap at 12.20pm (Long-eared Owl in oak in willow scrub west of coast path c400yds north of car park)
Norfolk Little Auk flew east past Holme at c11.50am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Titchwell RSPB on path c100yds south of beach at 12.10pm
Norfolk Pom Skua flew west past Burnham Overy Dunes (+Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk probable White-tailed Eagle juv flew east over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB late morning
Norfolk Barred Warbler still Burnham Overy Dunes at east end at 11.15am (+Short-eared Owl)
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle juv Norwich flew NE over Broadlands Business Park at c10.47am
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Blakeney Point midway between beach car park +Halfway House near wreck
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Blakeney Point midway between beach car park +Halfway House near wreck
Norfolk 12.Snow Buntings Winterton still by groyne.58
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT stil
Norfolk Little Auk Kelling north of A149 at Kelling Water Meadow at 10.33am
Norfolk 2.Siberian Chiffchaffs Wells Woods +Mealy Redpoll Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Warham Greens flew west over Garden Drove at 9.20am (+Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of an eastern form) +Hen Harrier)
Norfolk WHITE-BILLED DIVER Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 9.20am
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1/2ml east of Salthouse north of A149 Coast Road at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane. Keep out of field TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 2.Waxwings Cley flew west along A149 at 8.40am
Norfolk Little Auk flew west past Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Potter Heigham on Marsh Road on pond opposite Hall Farm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Short-eared Owl flew in off sea
Norfolk Hawfinch Great Yarmouth Cemetery flew towards south section at 8.10am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Winterton
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm flew SSW over Salthouse Heath viewed from Walsey Hills NOA at 7.46am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle imm Weybourne over sea drifting west at 7.39am