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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.

Hempton Moth Day, Saturday 23rd July 2016

A big thankyou to everyone who attended the moth day at Hempton today, and to Gary and David for their help in running and setting up the event. A total of 69 species were recorded including45 Clouded Borders, 9 Poplar Hawk Moths, 8 Antler Moths, 2 July Highfliers, a Crescent, a Flame Carpet, a Large Emerald, 2 Dingy Shears, Lesser Cream Wave, Bordered Beauty, Rosy Footman, Small Seraphim, and Rush Veneer. Moth of the day was a Square-spotted Clay.

Those species identified after the event were Evergestis pallidata, Hedya salicella, Plum Tortrix, Aethes rubigana, and Epinotia demarniana.


Bordered Beauty - Hempton Marsh, July 2016 © Gary Elton

Mothers outside the Marshland Hide - Hempton Marsh, July 2016 © Gary Elton

Rosy Footman - Hempton Marsh, July 2016 © Gary Elton

Small Seraphim - Hempton Marsh, July 2016 © Gary Elton

Square-spotted Clay - Hempton Marsh, July 2016 © Gary Elton