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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.

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Birds on the sea today included five Long-tailed Ducks and single Red-necked Grebe and Velvet Scoter. A Spoonbill was a surprise visitor, noted flying west over the Observatory. A Peregrine was hunting over the grazing Marsh and at least three Barn Owls were also noted during the course of day.

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Norfolk Hen Harrier male Upton Marshes NWT
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard Holkham Freshmarsh from Joe Jordan Hide at 2.33pm
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham still mid a'noon in sugar beet field with Pink-footed Geese (+Barnacle Goose)
Norfolk 4.Russian White-fronted Geese SW of Fakenham at West Raynham at Raynham Park Lake early a'noon
Norfolk 27.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap 200yds west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Spoonbill flew west over Holme NOA at 1.30pm
Norfolk 3.Short-eared Owls Snettisham RSPB by 4th pit on bank between hides at 11.30am
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose y'day Cley NWT in Eye Field
Norfolk 16.Twite y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still in NW corner +2.Pale-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.fem y'day between Wiveton +Langham by sugar beet field
Norfolk Tundra Bean Goose between Wiveton +Langham in sugar beet field at 11.31am with Pink-footed Geese
Norfolk 56.Bewick's Swans Breydon Water opposite South Wall pumphouse
Norfolk 38.Russian White-fronted Geese NE of Halvergate by Branch Road late morning
Norfolk 20.Shorelarks y'day Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap 200yds west of roped-off area TF.896.458
Norfolk Dartford Warbler Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap in sea buckthorn south of roped-off area at 9.30am
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Holme Dunes on sea north of NOA observatory
Norfolk Slav Grebe Titchwell RSPB on sea +4.Great Northern Divers 4.Long-tailed Ducks