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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.

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Barn Owl and Peregrine were seen hunting over the marsh during the morning, 2 Barnacle Geese were on the grazing marsh again with the Pink-footed Geese and in Thornham Harbour there were 15 Twite and 2 Rock Pipits.

Interest from the sea included a 1st-winter Little Gull west, Great Northern Diver, 46 Eiders, 18 Common Scoters west and a drake Long-tailed Duck.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 4.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT (+4.Russian White-fronted Geese fem.Scaup 2.Great White Egrets. Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN)
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose Cantley Marshes RSPB still from south end of Burnt House Road
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still 2.30pm on beach east of beach car park then flew to North Scrape (+40+Snow Buntings)
Norfolk 12.Twite Thornham Harbour still by car park at 1pm
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney still mid a'noon by A1101 on bank at Lamb +Flag pub sign
Norfolk no sign of drk.Ring-necked Duck Welney WWT by mid a'noon but 3.Tundra Bean Geese (+4.Common Cranes). Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk 30.Snow Buntings Cley still on shingle ridge 1/2ml east of beach car park this a'noon
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still 12.30pm on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still with sheep on bank from Friends Hide at midday
Norfolk 1+Cattle Egret Welney WWT still with sheep on bank from Friends Hide at 11.59am +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 11.18am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Haddiscoe Island still viewable from mound in Waveney Forest tho distant (+2.Short-eared Owls still) TG.457.011
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose Runham still west of Thrigby Road at 10.50am
Norfolk 25.Snow Buntings Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area at 10.15am TF.896.458
Norfolk 11.Common Cranes Clippesby in field north of Thurne Road
Norfolk probable Caspian Gull 1w Cromer on carnival field
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley still on beach midway between beach car park +East Bank +showing well
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe just NW of Filby still on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at 9.05am
Norfolk 4.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+16.Snow Buntings still) TF.896.458
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets y'day Welney WWT