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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.

Sunday 20th January 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still 1.30pm on Ormesby Little Broad from bridge just east of car park
Norfolk Lapland Bunting Blakeney Freshmarsh still
Norfolk 11.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+25.Snow Buntings. drk.Scaup offshore) TF.896.458
Norfolk Ring-necked Duck drk still Welney WWT +3.Tundra Bean Geese (+2.Cattle Egrets 3.Great White Egrets). Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Blakeney on saltmarsh then flew to freshmarsh
Norfolk 50+Bewick's Swans Ludham Airfield still
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still 11.50am +2.fem.Scaup still
Norfolk Great White Egret Snettisham RSPB flew south over pits
Norfolk Hen Harrier male Warham Greens still late morning
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Sculthorpe Moor NR flew over Oak Fen towards Sculthorpe Mill late morning
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in buckthorn by roped-off area
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NE corner
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes Clippesby still in field north of Thurne Road
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +2.Slav Grebes 2.Long-tailed Ducks
Norfolk Russian White-fronted Goose Welney WWT still
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from bridge just east of car park
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still midway between beach car park +East Bank on dead seal
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk 43.Snow Buntings y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Claxton Marshes