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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.




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.

Tuesday 24th May 2016

An exceedingly quiet day with highlights limited to 2 Mediterranean Gulls over the scrapes in the afternoon, 1 House Martin, 11 Swifts, 25 Swallows and a Siskin which came down to the pond by the Observatory mid-morning. Reasonably good numbers of butterflies were on the wing including 8 Brown Argus', 4 Green Hairstreaks, 3 Wall Browns and 2 Small Coppers, but the moth traps were relatively quiet with only 13 species noted; the best of which were a fresh Small Elephant Hawk-moth and a single Isotrias rectifasciana.

Crambus lathoniellus at rest near the Observatory - Holme Bird Obs, May 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Cley NWT (sd + 1s) + Continental Black-tailed Godwit this evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk White Stork Burgh St.Peter this mng in field being ploughed by farmer NR34 0BF TM469918
> Norfolk 1st Summer Spoonbill Cley NWT flew E/over A149 early evng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Buckenham Marshes RSPB 18:40 in 2nd ditch E/of track this evng NR13 4HW TG351056
> Norfolk 2 Garganey Felbrigg Hall NT on the Lake this a/noon NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Hooded Crow Holkham Pines 1/3ml E/of Lady Ann's Drive by seat at 07:30