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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.
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Monday 29th August 2016

The bank holiday dawned calm and sunny - a Yellow Wagtail  flew over west with small numbers of Meadow Pipits first thing. In the pines 6 Chiffchaffs and 2 Willow Warblers were feeding in the company of a Long-tailed Tit flock whilst singles of Common and Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Reed Warblers were also noted in the scrub.

In the afternoon 4 Stonechats and 2 Whinchats appeared on the East Bank and remained feeding on the lawn area in to the evening, whilst on the sea highlights included a Great Skua and 200 Common Scoter. Waders noted included Common and Green Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank, 4 Sanderling, 2 Greenshank and 55 Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach.

The moth traps proved relatively quiet but butterflies were much more plentiful; 11 Brown Argus, 8 Common Blue, 3 Painted Lady, 2 Wall Brown and Green-veined White were seen over the course of the day, many on the buddleias around the viewing platform.

One of the Whinchats perched near the Observatory - Holme Bird Obs, August 2016

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Cory's Shearwater Cromer from a boat NR27 9HE TG219423
Norfolk 35 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 6 Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint & Garganey PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 24 Spoonbill Stiffkey Fen NR23 1QW TF990438
Norfolk Wryneck just E/of Beeston Bump at 15:35 in hollow NR26 8DB TG167432
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB this a/noon from Tower Hide + JUV Garganey from reception NR13 4HS TG341066
Norfolk Wryneck Beeston Bump at 13:27 in hollow NR26 8DB TG167432
Norfolk Juvenile Spoonbill Blakeney Freshmarsh early mrng + AD Little Gull flew/E
Norfolk 3 Common Crane Welney WWT from Nelson-Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Immature Glossy Ibis Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Tower Hide NR13 4HS TG341066 Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB + 8 Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint & Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Balearic Shearwater flew W/past Sheringham at 07:45 NR26 8BQ TG159435 Norfolk 10 Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper Cley NWT on Pat's Pool + JUV Little Stint NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Turtle Dove Welney WWT in c/pk PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk 2 Little Stint Gramborough Hill at 11:20 then flew/W NR25 7XW TG085441
Norfolk 2 Wood Sandpiper Cantley Beet Factory at 12:30 from North Hide + 2 Curlew Sandpiper NR13 3JA TG389037
Norfolk 20 Curlew Sandpiper Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way late mrng + 2 Little Stint NR12 0BW TG429221
Norfolk 2 Whinchat Horsey along Nelson Head track NR29 4EP TG477228 Norfolk 6 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh early a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Little Stint Welney WWT from Friends Hide showing well PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Male Black Redstart Blakeney Point at Lifeboat House NR25 7DJ TG007464
Norfolk 4 Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh + Garganey on Patsy's Reedbed PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Broad at 10:55 NR29 3LS TG463152
Norfolk Little Stint King's Lynn by A149 at Hardwick Flood lagoon PE30 2QA TF631204
Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Welney WWT PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Osprey Rollesby Broad at 09:45 then flew towards Lily Broad
Norfolk 6 Curlew Sandpiper Breydon Water at e/end by mid mrng + 4 Little Stint NR31 9QB TG464048
Norfolk Ringtail Hen Harrier Weybourne in off the sea over coastguard cottages then flew/W NR25 7SR TG111435
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on the freshmarsh this mrng + 2 Spotted Redshank PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 5 Garganey Hockwold Washes on the flash this mrng IP26 4LQ TL727882