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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 29th December 2018

On the sea today 70+ Eiders, 3 Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe and 2 Guillemots were of interest, with a Peregrine hunting over the grazing marsh and 2 Barn Owls seen late afternoon.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem/juv.drk Barton Broad still 3.05pm +2.fem.Scaup
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 2.25pm SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton still 1.16pm by police station
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +6.Russian White-fronted Geese
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still 12.42pm SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Ducks Titchwell RSPB on sea at 11am
Norfolk Black-bellied Dipper still SE of North Walsham at Briggate on canal
Norfolk 5.Velvet Scoters Hopton-on-Sea off Warren Lane at 10.30am
Norfolk no news on Black-bellied Dipper 1.75mls ESE of North Walsham by Happisburgh Road on canal at Ebridge Mill TG.311.297 NR28 9NH
Norfolk 5.Waxwings Long Stratton by police station
Norfolk no sign of possible ad.Grey-bellied Brant 1/2ml south of Docking viewed SW from King's Lynn Road at 10.05am TF.763.360
Norfolk possible Grey-bellied Brant ad still 1/2ml south of Docking viewed SW from King's Lynn Road with Pink-footed Geese