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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.

Thursday 8th Noveber 2018

A relatively quiet day with  three Snow Buntings on beach behind the Observatory the highlight.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1.50pm 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still 12.30pm on sea off golf course
Norfolk 8.Snow Buntings Winterton north of beach cafe on beach by red markers
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Burnham Overy Dunes this a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Spoonbill 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 10.10am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 12.43pm 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike 1/4ml ENE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren late morning +showing well
Norfolk Parrot Crossbill male still Horsford at St.Faith's Common at 11.30am TG.180.175
Norfolk no sign of Lapland Bunting Winterton north of beach cafe on beach by red markers late morning (but 2+Snow Buntings still +Red-necked Grebe still on sea)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Ringstead still 11.38am 1/2ml east of windmill
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard between Ringstead +Thornham still mid morning on ridge viewable from Green Lane
Norfolk Great Northern Diver Cley on sea off beach car park at 10.59am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Horsey still opposite 2nd steps south of Nelson Head track
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk Sheringham still on sea off RNLI station TG.152.435
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton still north of beach cafe on beach by red markers (+7.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk EASTERN STONECHAT sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male still 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane from 2nd gate at 9.57am. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk 9.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay just east of Holkham Gap (+24+Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 6.Waxwings still Kelling by bookshop at 9.11am. Keep to public rights of way
Norfolk no news on Eastern Stonechat sp (probably Stejneger's Stonechat) 1w.male 1/2ml E.of Salthouse +N.of A149 Coast Rd at Meadow Lane. Access from west entrance to Meadow Lane TG.085.437 NR25 7XW
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard 1/4ml west of Ringstead Common +just north of Burnham Road in oak in hedge at 8.30a
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Titchwell RSPB on Tidal Pool. 2.Long-tailed Ducks on sea