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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.

Tuesday 5th July 2016

A fairly pleasant day with young of several species conspicuous around the site. Around 400 Common Scoters were seen offshore, 30 Avocets, 18 Curlews, 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a flock of 34 Knot were seen over the Observatory and 8 Swifts were around in the morning before the clouds lifted. A pair of juvenile Stonechat were on the east bank and a Turtle Dove was heard briefly along the entrance track.

One of the Stonechats eyeing up some prey - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016

The moth catch was significantly down on the previous day, the highlights being Pale Mottled Willow, Shore Wainscot and a Silver Y.

Eucosma cana found near the moth traps - Holme Bird Obs, July 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk No Sign of Adult Summer Great Knot Titchwell RSPB by 20:00 but 2 Spoonbill present, 7 Spotted Redshank, Little Gull, Med Gull & Red Kite over PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 7 Spoonbill Cley NWT on Simmond's Scrape & Billy's Wash late a/noon NR25 7SA TG049441
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape + 4 Little Gull NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 7 Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB on brackish marsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Garganey W/past Sheringham at 09:07 NR26 8BQ TG159435