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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 16th June 2019

On the sea today 2 Eiders, 25 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, 3 Gannets, 25 Little Terns, 66 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were recorded. A Great White Egret flew west over the grazing marsh and 2 adult Med Gulls were still vocal around the Broadwater, with Blackcap, 3 Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers singing on the reserve and a male Stonechat on the east bank.

27 coccinea Early Marsh Orchids were counted around the Obs pond, with 4 Southern Marsh Orchids near the Broadwater Hide, and 4 Pyramidal Orchids along the northern fence line east of the Obs. In the moth traps a stunning Elephant Hawk Moth, Pale Mottled Willow, Spectacle and 21 Diamond Backs were among the catch, and 15+ Painted Ladies were still around the reserve with 2 Brown Argus and 2 Small Heath also noted.

 Lillies out on the pond

 Early Marsh Orchid Coccinea variety at the pond

 Painted Lady on Viper's Bugloss

 Elephant Hawk Moth in trap


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still 3.30pm Horsey north of Nelson Head Track NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Burnham Norton flew east over track at c3.10pm
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Burnham Overy Marshes again with cattle viewed from coast path
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still this a'noon Horsey north of Nelson Head Track tho distant NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk BLACK-WINGED STILT Burnham Overy flew west at 1.40pm
Norfolk 10+Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still 12.55pm Titchwell RSPB in flight at East Trail PE31 8BB
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still from Cadbury Hide
Norfolk Purple Heron ad still Titchwell RSPB in reedbed at East Trail at 11am PE31 8BB
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still mid morning Horsey north of Nelson Head Track tho distant NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk 5.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still: 2.on Thornham Marsh, 3.on freshmarsh +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Spoonbill Breydon Water still at east end early morning
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still Horsey north of Nelson Head Track 200yds west of green shed at 5.45am NR29 4AD