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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.

Tuesday 16th October 2108

The highlight today was a first year Common Rosefinch trapped and ringed early morning, a Yellow-browed Warbler was on the reserve with a second by the NWT pay hut. The flock of Shorelark flock also increased to twelve birds. Visible migration was evident for most of the morning with the largest counts of over 3,000 of Starlings 1200 Redwings, 120 Siskin. Other highlights included a flyover over flock of 23 Crossbills, a ringtail Hen Harrier and a Short-eared Owl.
1st year Common Rosefinch.
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Norfolk no further sign of probable Two-barred Greenish Warbler Holkham Pines c1ml west of north end of Lady Anne's Drive 100yds north of crosstracks by 1.50pm (but 2.Y-br.Wblrs. Y-br.Wblr 300yds west of crosstracks) cTF.875.452
Norfolk 4.Y-br.Wblrs Great Yarmouth Cemetery +Ring Ouzel
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Happisburgh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Beeston Bump in trees by dirt track at 1.25pm
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Stiffkey on saltmarsh still +juv.Spoonbill flew east at 1.10pm
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew west over Beeston Bump
Norfolk probable Two-barred Greenish Warbler again 1pm Holkham Pines c1ml west of north end of Lady Anne's Drive 100yds north of crosstracks cTF.875.452
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler Winterton South Dunes in willow below garden north of Eva's Lookout at 11.25am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Thornham Harbour on fence west of car park
Norfolk no further sign of reported Two-barred Greenish Warbler Holkham Pines near crosstracks by 12.40pm
Norfolk Common Rosefinch Blakeney Point at lifeboat station gardenNorfolk Y-br.Wblr Holkham Pines at west end early a'noon
Norfolk Beautiful Marbled moth Hempstead-by-Holt trapped last night +Spoladea recurvalis moth
Norfolk Pied Fly Stiffkey at Campsite Wood
Norfolk unconfirmed report of Two-barred Greenish Warbler Holkham Pines near crosstracks
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Stiffkey at Campsite Wood still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Holme NOA
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets flew over Wells Woods
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Warham Greens just west of Warham Pit flew inland at 11am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Holme Dunes NWT in pines by entrance hut late morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens in Warham Pit at 10.45am
Norfolk Hawfinch between Hunstanton +Holme
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill
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
Norfolk 6.Shorelarks Holme Dunes NWT still on beach by golf course mid morning
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Salthouse in scrub opposite Iron Road mid morning
Norfolk 2.Y-br.Wblrs Warham Greens at Garden Drove still north of concrete pad at 10am
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Wells along footpath by Pinewoods Caravan Park
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Burnham Overy 200yds north of A149 along track to dunes mid morning cTF.852.440
Norfolk Common Rosefinch Holme NOA trapped +ringed
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr Old Hunstanton in pines by The Ancient Mariner Inn