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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.

Saturday 11th June 2016

Seawatching today produced 250 Common Scoters, a Gannet, 2 Little Terns, 31 Sandwich Terns and 4 Common Terns. Also of interest were a Greenshank, a Spoonbill flying over east, 100 Golden Plovers east, a Med Gull, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker and at least 3 Turtle Doves around the recording area.

In the moth traps a Pebble Prominent, 2 Middle-Barred Minors, a Bright-line Brown Eye, 6 White Ermines and 18 Diamond-backs were among the catch.

Highlights at Walsey Hills included up to 5 Mediterranean Gulls, a Red Kite, c.50 Knot briefly on Arnold's Marsh and 2 Spoonbills circling over Snipe's Marsh and the reserve before flying south-east. A Serin was in gardens at the east end of Cley village for much of the day, though it proved tricky to see at times.

There were still around a thousand Xylostella plutella around the reserve, mainly present along the southern boundary; other moths seen included Adela croesella, Micropterix aruncella and Sandy Carpet whilst the best butterflies were singles of Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Wall Brown and Holly Blue.

One of three Micropterix aruncella seen around the reserve - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh this evng NR23 1RN TF888439
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea 17:22 at NE/end just S/of A149 coast road in front garden of Sea Lawn by feeders, viewable from gate but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB at 16:40 on freshmarsh by brick tern isoand + Spoonbill flew E/ PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB from Parrinder Hide at mid-day PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea in gardens along A149 W/of the Warden's House at 12:10 but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen at 10:58 NR23 1QW TF990438
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water at 10:20 then flew to N/Wall Marshes NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Serin Weybourne at 08:55 then flew W NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea in garden briefly this mng NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water on N/flats W/of Humberstone Farm NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Breydon Water at E/end NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Spoonbill flew S/over Winterton North Dunes this mng NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk Adult Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on the Fresh marsh this mng + 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 3 Turtle Dove (2 Male + 1 Female) Snettisham Coastal Park midway between c/pk & sea wall TF648335