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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 11th February 2019

A beautiful day, almost like spring! A Red Kite flushed huge flocks of wildfowl and waders on the grazing marsh early afternoon, including 750+ Lapwings, 375 Golden Plovers, 225 Brent Geese, 450 Wigeon, 300 Starlings and 95 Curlew. Also of interest were a Rock Pipit over calling, 18 Ruff were counted and a young male Sparrowhawk was trapped and ringed.

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Norfolk 7.Common Cranes Clippesby. Short-eared Owl near river at Black Mill
Norfolk 16.Twite Blakeney Freshmarsh +Pale-bellied Brent Goose +male Hen Harrier flew west
Norfolk 15+Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (Great White Egret from Joe Jordan Hide +12.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area +showing well
Norfolk 14.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (+c50.Snow Buntings still. Pale-bellied Brent Goose by Lady Anne's Drive)
Norfolk Bean Goose sp Winterton at Bramble Hill with Pink-footed Geese (+Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Grimston Warren at 10.17am +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach at 9.38am
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Trimingham then flew west
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham still in sugar beet field by lane at 8.51am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB still on sea +Slav Grebe Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Iceland Gull 2w Trimingham on beach at 8.40am