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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 27th November 2018

Most of the interest was centred around Thornham Harbour with 26 Twite showing well throughout the morning, 3 Spotted Redshanks and 2 Greenshanks in the harbour mouth, Hen Harrier, Merlin and 6 Rock Pipits. Four Barn Owls were on the other side of the sea wall, as were 2 Bearded Tits and a Red Kite. A lone Whooper Swan was seen flying north early afternoon and the best from the beach and sea included a Great Skua west, 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Eider.

 One of the confiding Twite near the Coal Barn - Thornham Harbour, November 2018 © David Bratt

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Norfolk 2.Snow Buntings Snettisham Coastal Park on beach +3.Little Gulls
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Warham Greens again 4.10pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 80+Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB at east end mid a'noon
Norfolk Slav Grebe Burgh Castle still from viewing platform early a'noon
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still mid a'noon viewable from mound in Waveney Forest tho distant TG.457.011
Norfolk 3+Tundra Bean Geese South Walsham Marshes mid morning with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 2.55pm
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still mid a'noon Wells Woods just south of The Dell with tit flock
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still 1.54pm Buckenham Marshes RSPB from main path 30yds beyond gates
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Fen Hide early a'noon +Bittern
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2w Walcott on sea this morning +coming to bread
Norfolk 4+Lapland Buntings Blakeney Freshmarsh this morning (+16.Twite +male Hen Harrier flew over)
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on pits. imm.Spoonbill on mud
Norfolk Hen Harrier make Stiffkey over saltmarsh
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh at 11.48am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Happisburgh (+Caspian Gull 3.Velvet Scoters Snow Bunting)
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest TG.457.011
Norfolk Pallas's Warbler still Wells Woods south of old toilet block at 9.45am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 4.Taiga Bean Geese flew east over Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 7.Velvet Scoters Cley on sea off beach car park at 11.03am +Great Northern Diver
Norfolk 7.Taiga Bean Geese still Buckenham Marshes RSPB (+42.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver flew east past Sheringham 7.25-9.30am +Great Northern Diver flew east
Norfolk Slav Grebe Breydon Water at west end +Great White Egret 3.White-fronted Geese Spotted Redshank
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB on sea mid morning +Black-throated Diver still
Norfolk 26.Twite Thornham Harbour +ringtail Hen Harrier 3.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Titchwell RSPB still on sea +11.Long-tailed Ducks 3.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk 2.Hen Harriers (both ringtails) Titchwell RSPB flew west over Volunteer Marsh. 2.Spotted Redshanks Tidal Pool
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs again in tree then flew off