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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.

Thursday 7th February 2019

A very windy and at times wet day meaning birds were rather thin on the ground. The best of the day were two Peregrines seen mid morning hunting out over the grazing Marsh.

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Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose Cley NWT still in Eye Field at 2.50pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still 3.10pm on beach
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach this a'noon +showing well
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv y'day Cley NWT still near North Hide on dead seal on beach +showing well
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 12.50pm
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese Thornham in ploughed field south of Eric's Fish +Chip shop at 11.59am
Norfolk 1+Russian White-fronted Geese Holkham Freshmarsh from Tower Hide at 10.34am +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham in sugar beet field at 10.03am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk Taiga Bean Goose Winterton by plantation near North Dunes with Pink-footed Geese (+2.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +Great Northern Diver Long-tailed Duck
Norfolk Water Pipit y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still