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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.

Monday 31st December 2018

Seawatching was the highlight again today, with 70+ Eiders, 2 Goldeneye, 45 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Goosanders, 6 Red-throated and one Great Northern Diver, a Fulmar west, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Red-necked Grebes, a Slavonian Grebe and a Black-necked Grebe together with 3 Guillemots all offshore.

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Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham Bay +Long-tailed Duck 3.Velvet Scoters 2.Great Northern Divers
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 2.50pm 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Welney WWT still on Lady Fen mid a'noon
Norfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme offshore +1+Slav Grebe 3+Great Northern Divers Little Gull Velvet Scoter Long-tailed Duck. 13+Twite Thornham Harbour stillNorfolk 3.Red-necked Grebes Holme offshore +1+Slav Grebe 3+Great Northern Divers Little Gull Velvet Scoter Long-tailed Duck. 13+Twite Thornham Harbour still
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Gorleston still on sea at 1.20pm
Norfolk c20.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still in roped-off area east of Holkham Gap this a'noon (+c50.Snow Buntings. 2.Slav Grebes offshore +Great Northern Diver)TF.896.458
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB still on sea +11.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still mid a'noon by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens TG.225.082
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still this a'noon on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh. Red-necked Grebe offshore +2.Great Northern Divers 6.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Norwich still west of A147 at Coach +Horses Row early a'noon NR2 1RZ
Norfolk 53.Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Ludham at St.Benet's Abbey
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still late morning 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 5.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT on main lagoon. 3.Short-eared Owls beyond Friends Hide
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still mid morning by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens TG.225.082
Norfolk 8.Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump mid morning
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still on A140 Ipswich Road by police station NR15 2TG TM.197.921
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill Lock TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk Cattle Egret still Heigham Holmes near farm buildings at 9am
Norfolk 4.Waxwings Norwich SW of Chapelfield Gardens still by underpass in tree by Walpole Gardens TG.225.082
Norfolk 2.Scaup (both fem) Barton Broad still 8.45am