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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 29th May 2016

The weather was less than summery today with cloud, mist and a strong north wind blowing offshore. 5 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns passed and other birds of interest included 2 Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo, 18 Swifts, a Hobby, 30 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 2 Cetti's Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, and 10 Reed Warblers. A flock of Starlings on the grazing marsh included a leucistic bird.

Moths included a Breckland Plume, 2 Small Elephant Hawk moths, and a Buff Ermine.

At Walsey Hills Swifts were present in good numbers again, with at least 40 birds in the area; feeding with them were 4 House Martins and around 15 Swallows throughout the day, and a Hobby sped through in the afternoon. The first young Blackcaps of the year were also seen mid-afternoon, with adults in close attendance.

A glimpse of the 'white' Starling with the flock - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB on brackish island from main path at 20:50 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Immature Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB flew/W at 15:50 over Parrinder Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Burnham Norton on marsh at midday PE31 8DS TF828441
> Norfolk Spoonbill Rockland Broad circled at 8:00 then flew/N NR14 7HP TG328047
> Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Arctic Tern Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 16:20 then flew/N PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water at East End at High Tide NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Little Gull Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Little Gull Titchwell RSPB at 11:10 on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB until 10:25 then flew N/over the river NR13 4HS TG341066
> Norfolk Osprey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 08:10 NR13 4HS TG341066