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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.



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 Sunday 26th May 2019

A European Bee-eater was seen briefly by the car park in the morning and was the obvious highlight, but rain dampened interest otherwise, through the afternoon. The best of the rest included Grasshopper Warbler reeling, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Great White Egret.

Lime Hawk-moth f. brunnea from the traps - Holme Bird Obs, May 2019

The moth traps were busy and highlights included 2 Light Brocades, a Lime Hawk-moth (f.brunnea), 6 Cydia conicolana and the seemingly new for the area Aproaerema anthyllidella (Vetch Sober).

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Titchwell still 3pm by Gypsy Lane in cattle field
Norfolk no sign of ad.Rose-coloured Starling Hunstanton along cliffs between Queens Drive +Clarence Road TF.673.416
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Sheringham flew in off sea at 12.51pm then flew west along ridge at 12.58pm
Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Spoonbill Buckenham Marshes RSPB at 12.35pm
Norfolk 2.Cattle Egrets Titchwell by Gypsy Lane in cattle field
Norfolk White Stork Potter Heigham over Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.35am
Norfolk Serin Titchwell RSPB flew over Island Hide late morning
Norfolk White Stork Hickling Broad NWT over Heigham Sound at 10.55am then drifted north
Norfolk BEE-EATER Holme Dunes NWT by visitor centre at c10.35am then flew east
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still on Westlegate on Aviva at 8.30am
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in flight near dead trees east of screen at Patsy's Pool briefly
Norfolk Temminck's Stint Titchwell RSPB flew west from Volunteer Marsh
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water at west end +Spoonbill
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT still c7.55am viewable from Rush Hill Scrape
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT at 5.30am
Norfolk Garganey drk 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +5+Spoonbills. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195