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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 30th October 2018

A grey and wet day with interest primarily focused on the sea. An adult Sabine's Gull close in shore was arguably the best bird, with other seabirds seen that included five Red-throated and three Great Northern Divers, two Velvet Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, one Pomarine and two Artic Skuas and a single Little Auk.

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Norfolk 2.Little Auks flew west past Blakeney Point in 2.hours (+Little Gull)
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew west past Holme Dunes at 8.30am (+drk.Long-tailed Duck 3.Great Northern Divers)
Norfolk 2.Leach's Petrels Sheringham flew east past car park above Funky Mackerel cafe 10.50-11.05am
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck drk Cley flew west past beach car park at 12.34pm
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Salthouse on marsh near beach
Norfolk Sabine's Gull flew past Salthouse this morning +3.Little Auks (+5.Little Gulls Velvet Scoter)
Norfolk Firecrest Waxham north of beach gap at 8.30am
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Winterton
Norfolk 2.Little Auks reported y'day Gorleston
Norfolk Firecrest Warham Greens at 10.31am
Norfolk Leach's Petrel Sheringham flew east past East Promenade at 11am
Norfolk Firecrest Titchwell RSPB at Fen Trail
Norfolk 4.Little Auks Cley flew west past beach car park 7.30-10am
Norfolk Little Auk flew past Winterton +Pom Skua
Norfolk Leach's Petrel flew east past Sheringham +Little Auk flew west
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL Blakeney Point still 9.55am 1/3ml west of Cley beach car park (+Mealy Redpoll) (not 2.Coues's Arctic Redpolls)
Norfolk KING EIDER ecl.drk Sheringham on sea at 9.58am
Norfolk 2.COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLLS Blakeney Point still 1/3ml west of Cley beach car park