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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 14th November 2018

Ten Twite were in around the harbour at Thornham, at times approachable as they drunk from the puddles there.
Twite at Thornham Harbour

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Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still 3.18pm over wood NW of toad pools tho distant
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Cley NWT in field off Beach Road with Dark-bellied Brent Geese mid a'noon
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Cromer still east of pier at 2.25pm +showing well
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still 2.43pm over wood NW of toad pools
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL on 28th October near Burnham Market +DUSKY WARBLER. On 18th October DUSKY WARBLER Scolt Head Island NNR
Norfolk RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL on 28th October near Burnham Market +DUSKY WARBLER. On 18th October DUSKY WARBLER Scolt Head Island NNR
Norfolk 3.Waxwings Breydon Water flew west over South Wall late morning (+Great White Egret on marsh tho distant)
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk still mid a'noon Sheringham on sea off RNLI station
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes again 1.48pm
Norfolk c60.Snow Buntings Cley flew east
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes till 1.23pm inland of conifer plantation then lost to view
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still mid a'noon. swift sp flew north over Horsey
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still mid a'noon. swift sp flew north over Horsey
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off coastguards early a'noon but no sign of Black-throated Diver
Norfolk 10.Twite Thornham harbour still
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes still 12.14pm over wood NW of toad pools
Norfolk PALLID SWIFT Winterton North Dunes over wood NW of toad pools at 11.56am
Norfolk KING EIDER 2w.drk still Sheringham on sea by crab pot flags west of promenade late morning
Norfolk 2.Short-eared Owls Berney Marshes at 10.50am
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner mid morning tho mobile (+c13.Twite)
Norfolk Black-throated Diver ad Cley on sea off coastguards drifting west at 10.52am
Norfolk 7.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still at east end in fenced-off area
Norfolk 4.Velvet Scoters Cley still on sea off coastguards mid morning
Norfolk Spoonbill Blakeney on saltmarsh by quay
Norfolk Slav Grebe Breydon Water at west end opposite North Wall pumphouse
Norfolk Little Auk Titchwell RSPB on sea then flew west