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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.

Sunday 12th June 2016

Another muggy day with heavy showers late morning. The Short-eared Owl was again seen on the NWT reserve in the dunes, with a Cuckoo calling from the south side of the grazing marsh, at least 2 Turtle Doves locally, 2 Med Gulls over calling, 3 Mistle Thrushes in the dunes and a Little Tern fishing over the Broadwater.

In the moth traps things improved slightly with Privet Hawk Moth, Poplar Hawk and Eyed Hawk all caught this morning. Several Painted Ladies were along the east bank and a Green Hairstreak was a late record.

Despite the humidity and forecast, the rain held off at Walsey Hills until late afternoon, though this didn't do much for bird activity. A Red Kite was seen in the afternoon to the south, 2 Mediterranean Gulls passed over to the west and a young Bullfinch was heard in the bushes. A Serin was again seen in gardens at the east end of the village.

A late and very worn Green Hairstreak was also seen at Walsey Hills near the hide, but otherwise butterfly numbers remained very disappointing. Moths of interested included Scoparia pyralella, Epiblema costipunctata and several Adela croesella around the viewing area.

Male Adela croesella at the top of the steps - Walsey Hills, June 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Serin Cley next the Sea in gardens along A149 W/of the Warden's House but mobile NR25 7SA TG049441
> Norfolk No Sign of Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB + 3 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Wood Warbler Felbrigg Hall NT NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Holme Dunes NWT at 10:55