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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.

Sunday 14th October 2018

Heavy rain hampered birding today but a Yellow-browed Warbler was still calling from willows in front of the Firs NWT, and ringing included a male Stonechat, 18 Meadow Pipits, 9 Reed Buntings, Goldfinch and Dunnock, with 41 birds caught before the rain started.

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Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey at Nelson Head. Y-br.Wblr Waxham at pipe dump. Black Redstart Waxham boardwalk track
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Horsey at Nelson Head. Y-br.Wblr Waxham at pipe dump. Black Redstart Waxham boardwalk track
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Holkham Pines between Burham Overy Dunes +Joe Jordan Hide at 1.08pm with tit flock
Norfolk Caspian Gull Great Cressingham
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sidestrand offshore +Y-br.Wblr
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh in garden of last house before Coast Watch buildings at 12.30pm +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Holkham/Wells still +9.Crossbills flew over drinking pool
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 8am +Jack Snipe still +4.Spotted Redshanks. Slav Grebe offshore
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB still along path towards Fen Hide at 8.34am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still from Lyle Hide at 10.53am
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens at Garden Drove north of concrete pad
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills (+Y-br.Wblr Black-throated Diver) cTF.925.458
Norfolk Beautiful Marbled moth Holme on view at The Firs this a'noon +tomorrow
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley still on beach 200yds east of beach car park at 11.39am
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley still on beach by sea bank at 10.27am
Norfolk Dartford Wblr Horsey Gap 100yds south of car park in scrub at 9.30am
Norfolk 6+Crossbills Wells Woods at The Dell
Norfolk Hawfinch flew south over Hempstead-by-Holt . Beautiful Marbled moth trapped
Norfolk 4.Snow Buntings Holkham Gap at 10.15am
Norfolk 3.Snow Buntings Holkham Gap near shore at 10am
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme NWT flew west along beach at 9.43am then flew east towards Holme
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Cromer still at sewage works at end of Sandy Lane at 9.30am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Titchwell RSPB in car park [heard only]. Jack Snipe on freshmarsh
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 9.10am 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk Cattle Egret Heigham Holmes
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 9.13am tho elusive (+3.Russian White-fronted Geese still with Canada Geese) TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Happisburgh on track to coastal watchpoint tho elusive
Norfolk 2+Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes with tit flock tho mobile
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Muckleburgh Hill 100yds north of entrance gate at 7.25am
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley on beach just west of beach car park on seal carcass
Norfolk 3.Shag Hunstanton left roost on cliff at 7.55am
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 8.05am 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad still 4.5mls WNW of Norwich at New Costessey south of A1074 Dereham Road at The Hampdens estate at Victory Grove. No parking on Victory Grove NR5 0US