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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.

Saturday 16th July 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended our moth day today, a great variety of moths were caught and brought. Highlights were 3 Kent Black Arches, 8 Southern Wainscots, 2 Garden Tigers, a Silky Wainscot, a Broad-barred White, 2 Fen Wainscots, a Pine, 2 Privets, 3 Poplar and an Eyed Hawk, a Plain Golden Y, a Drinker, and 2 Scalloped Oak. Overall 63 species were caught on the reserve with a Forrester from the NWT reserve also of particular interest.

Birds still caught the attention with a female Crossbill in the pines overhead as the moth traps were emptied. Other birds of note included a Whimbrel, a Kingfisher and a Cetti's Warbler.


Female Common Crossbill near the pond - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016 © Ray Roche