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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.

Friday 22nd July 2016

A warm day that threatened rain, highlights were a family of 4 Stonechats along the east bank and a juvenile Cuckoo being chased by Swallows along the edge of the Broadwater. A flock of 19 Whimbrel and 2 Greenshank were also of note.

In the moth traps a total of 83 species were caught, with Pine and Poplar Hawk Moth, 2 Buff Arches, a Least Carpet, 2 Pretty Chalk Carpets, a Blue-bordered Carpet, 2 Kent Black Arches, a Lyme Grass, 9 Diamond-back, a Silky Wainscot, Antler Moth, Sand Dart and White Colon all noted among the catch. Butterflies were present in better numbers with Essex and Small Skipper, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, and Brown Argus all recorded during the afternoon.

Antler Moth - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016

Pretty Chalk Carpet - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016