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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.

Friday 17th November 2018

A movement of winter thrushes took place today with 450+ Redwings, 120 Blackbirds, 3 Fieldfares and 8 Song Thrushes recorded at the Observatory. A Tawny Owl was calling from the pines early afternoon and a Greenshank flew over calling. A female Blackcap was trapped and ringed, and a Rock Pipit flew over calling. A Short-eared Owl was hunting the dunes early afternoon.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes at 2.44pm
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still early a'noon just east of Walsey Hills NOA by 2nd field south of A149 in sycamore by footpath
Norfolk Pom Skua flew east past Sheringham 8.30-11.20am (+4.Little Gulls Great Northern Diver)
Norfolk 13.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at east end in exclosure at 2.03pm
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Waxaham on sea south of Waxham Gap at 10.20am. Purple Sand on rocks
Norfolk Great White Egret Thetford still at Nunnery Lakes NR on west side on flood viewed from Barnhamcross Common
Norfolk Cattle Egret reported Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +Bittern still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still late morning +3.Scaup still
Norfolk Y-br.Wblr 1ml east of Cley still just east of Walsey Hills NOA by 2nd field south of A149 in sycamore by footpath
Norfolk no sign of any Lapland Buntings Blakeney Freshmarsh (but 16.Twite in NW corner by gate)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv Horsey still south of end of Nelson Head track in copse opposite 2nd seal viewing steps at 10.20am
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off beach car park +35.Snow Buntings flew east
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk still Sheringham on sea off RNLI station at 9.16am