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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.

Saturday 24th November 2018

A Ruddy Shelduck flew out towards Lavender Marsh early morning and on the sea 7 Eiders, 11 Common Scoters, 11 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver, 14 Great Crested Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe, 2 Razorbills and a Guillemot were seen. Merlin and Peregrine were hunting during the day and 12 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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Norfolk Great Northern Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore +6.Little Gulls
Norfolk 20+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB viewed from mill
Norfolk Shorelark Salthouse at Gramborough Hill briefly this morning then flew east
Norfolk no further sign of Rough-legged Buzzard Kimberley at Kimberley Hall. No parking at Kimberley Hall, park in Wymondham +follow footpath north
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Horsey flew south past dunes
Norfolk Snow Bunting Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still 12.55pm viewable from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Kimberley at Kimberley Hall early a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Cley offshore +Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest at 12.20pm TG.457.011
Norfolk 12+Twite Thornham on stumps on north side of car park at 11.38am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still late morning offshore +5+Long-tailed Ducks still +Slav Grebe 2+Red-necked Grebes
Norfolk Slav Grebe Breydon Water still at west end by far bank
Norfolk 10+Crossbills High Kelling in pines at rear of Heathfield Road at 9.24am
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB offshore
Norfolk 5.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB offshore +Red-necked Grebe 3.Velvet Scoters flew east