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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 12th January 2019

Two Barnacle Geese were in among the Pink-feet flock today, and on the sea 60 Eiders, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Velvet Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 19 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2 Shags, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Red-necked Grebes were also recorded, together with a Guillemot and 3 Little Gulls seen offshore. A Short-eared Owl flew along the dunes and a Peregrine was of note on the grazing marsh late afternoon.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holkham Bay at west end
Norfolk 9.Common Cranes Clippesby in field north of Thurne Road at 12.22pm
Norfolk 16.Velvet Scoters flew west past Cley early a'noon
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Holkham Bay flew east at 12.05pm +27.Shorelarks still (+22.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley on sea then flew west
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard juv 1.5mls south of Titchwell still at Choseley Farm in field then flew towards Docking at 11.29am
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk again Welney WWT from Main Hide at 11.14am +showing well
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 11.15am
Norfolk 2.Lapland Buntings Blakeney Freshmarsh at NW end at 11am
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Winterton flew over North Beach (+40+Snow Buntings at 9am)
Norfolk no sign of Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still Pit.3
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on Pit.3
Norfolk 8+Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still 10.32am then flew west
Norfolk Black-throated Diver Titchwell RSPB on sea
Norfolk 15.Taiga Bean Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB still from south end of Burnt House Road at 9.56am
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egret Welney still on bank at Gold Hill near road bridge
Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret Welney still on bank at Gold Hill at 9.20am
Norfolk 8.Russian White-fronted Geese Welney WWT still 8.31am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +5.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Morston Quay
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre
Norfolk 6.Snow Buntings Cley flew west along beach. 9+Velvet Scoters offshore