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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.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

The Snow Bunting remained along the coastal path today, though seemingly more elusive than yesterday. Pink-feet numbers increased with a flock of around 1500 birds on the Grazing Marsh during the day. More unusual species from a local perspective included a Great spotted Woodpecker, a Yellowhammer and at least two Water Rail which could be heard calling regularly from the Broadwater edge.

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Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton in South Valley in bushes on slope just south of oaks at 2pm tho elusive
Norfolk Great White Egret Ringland by river near pub by bridge
Norfolk Snow Bunting Cley still on beach 200yds east of car park at 12.45pm
Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Breydon Water on shore 1/2ml from pumphouse
Norfolk Cattle Egret Breydon Water in grass field 1/3ml from pumphouse
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe flew east past Titchwell RSPB at 11.45am
Norfolk no sign of Grey Phal Titchwell RSPB +Pom Skua flew west (2.Spoonbills Thornham Marsh still)
Norfolk 2.Pec Sands (both juvs) still 2.5mls SE of Brundall at Buckenham Marshes RSPB TG.351.056 NR13 4HW
Norfolk Velvet Scoter flew west past Sheringham at 7.45am