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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 31st May 2019

A seawatch in the afternoon produced 8 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 35 Little Terns and 18 Sandwich Terns and a single Common Tern. A Bittern was seen briefly leaping at a passing Marsh Harrier and an adult Med Gull was south of the river Hun. A Cuckoo was calling and a Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling near the car park hide.

Three Small Elephant Hawks, Privet, Poplar and Bedstraw Hawk were in the traps. 3 Buff Tips, a Chocolate Tip, Gold Spot, and Flame Wainscot were also of interest.

The Bedstraw Hawk-moth from last night's traps - Holme Bird Obs, May 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Little Gull imm just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance mid a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 11.Cattle Egrets Stiffkey still 11.50am at east end on flood with Highland cattle +showing well
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool
Norfolk 11+Cattle Egrets Stiffkey at east end on flood with Highland cattle at 10.34am
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 10.10am Titchwell RSPB in flight at east end of reedbed
Norfolk 2+Quail (both males) y'day singing Kelling Water Meadow NW of pool in grass field
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 9.34am Titchwell RSPB in flight at east end of reedbed
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day flew NW over Mundesley early morning
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Rockland Broad still
Norfolk Osprey flew north over Waxham Sands at 8.15am
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on tidal pool
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in flight at east end of reedbed at 6.58am