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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 8th May 2016

Another warm day with sunshine and an easterly breeze. The highlight was a Grey-headed Wagtail with Yellow Wagtails among the cattle viewable for much of the morning from the sea wall near the Hun Sluice. Six Whimbrel were on the grazing marsh opposite Thornham Harbour, and a Common Sandpiper was on the edge of the Broadwater. A Common Tern passed offshore, and at least 1 Turtle Dove was around the paddocks. 2 Cuckoos were calling and a Peregrine was on the beach. Warbler numbers included 10 Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Sedge Warblers, and 20 Reed Warblers.
In the moth trap Common Carpet, Sharp-angled Peacock and Small Waved Umber were new species for the year, and another good selection of butterflies included Small Copper and Green Hairstreak. An Emperor Moth was found newly hatched next to the concrete path to the Observatory.

Highlights from Walsey included 2 Cuckoos calling nearby, a Hobby over Snipe's Marsh, 2 Swifts, at least 40 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin and a Mediterranean Gull heard. The Black-winged Stilt was still present on the scrapes at Cley, and was seen throughout the day; other waders here included 2 Curlew Sandpipers and a Temminck's Stint. Around the reserve were 6 Chiffchaff, 2 singing Cetti's Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 5 Blackcaps and 7 Common Whitethroats. The warm weather brought out butterflies in number with at least 10 Holly Blues in the area and the first Wall Brown of the year. Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Small Copper and Green-veined White were also seen.

 Male Emporer Moth - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Female Black-winged Stilt Cley NWT at 12:25 on Pat's Pool + Temminck's Stint & Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Female Black-winged Stilt Cley NWT at 10:25 on Pat's Pool + Temminck's Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpiper NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Female Black-winged Stilt Cley NWT at 10:05 on Simmonds' Scrape NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Black-winged Stilt Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 09:46 + No Sign of Temminck's Stint & 2 Curlew Sandpiper on site NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Female Black-winged Stilt Cley NWT at 07:49 on Pat's Pool + Temminck's Stint NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Hoopoe Sculthorpe Moor briefly this mrng NR21 9GN TF901303
> Norfolk 2 Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB at 13:25 from Parrinder Hide + Little Stint PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 18 Dotterel SW/of Choseley Drying Barns at 11:30 in ploughed field PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Ringtail Montagu's Harrier Felbrigg Hall NT at 14:14 over lake NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Ringtail Montagu's Harrier Felbrigg Hall NT flew inland late mrng NR11 8PR
> Norfolk White Stork (unringed) Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park circled over NR21 0LN TF949290
> Norfolk Red-footed Falcon flew/W over Sheringham mid mrng + Purple Heron NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Adult Purple Heron Reported flew W/over Muckleburgh Hill mid mrng
> Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk 10 Dotterel S/of Choseley Drying Barns in field W/of bend in the road PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk 3 Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh from Parrinder Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk No Sign of Temminck's Stint Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way + Drake Garganey on site NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk No Sign of Male Dusky Warbler Hickling Broad NWT by 07:30 in hawthorns just W/of Rush Hill Scrape beyond gate mid NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 2 Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + Spoonbill flew/E PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Osprey flew W/over Kelling at 17:20 NR25 7ED TG095436
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Buckenham Marshes RSPB late a/noon NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on pool W/of f/p before Island Hide PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 5 Black Tern flew SE/over Martham Broad at 11:30 NR29 4DJ TG459202
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on lake NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes + Whinchat PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Wood Sandpiper Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 10:07 on pool E/of track from station NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Broad NR29 3LS TG463152
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool by fishermen's c/pk at 10:00 NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk Ring Ouzel Winterton North Dunes + Short-eared Owl NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Berney Marshes RSPB + 2 Wood Sandpiper NR30 1SB TG460053
> Norfolk 3 Black Tern Breydon Water at E/end by tern platforms at 08:33 NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Male Turtle Dove Downham Market at 0:30 singing by track to sewage works + Nightingale
> Norfolk Pied Flycatcher Great Yarmouth Cemetery in s/section by churchyard gates NR30 1DW TG526082