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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 Wednesday 12th June 2019

A dark phase Arctic Skua was seen over the beach at the west end of the recording area in the morning and a Whimbrel flew south over the pines. Other interest included 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Turtle Doves, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Spoonbills and 30 Swifts over the Observatory. A Red-backed Shrike was reported to the south east near Thornham Village.

Interest in the moth traps included Pine and Small Elephant Hawk-moths, Sharp-angled Peacock and Blastodacna hellerella. Very few butterflies were on the wing but 5 Painted Ladies were in the dunes early morning, and a Humming-bird Hawk-moth was seen by the Firs in the afternoon. Hundreds of Diamondback Moths were flushed from areas of long grass later in the day.

One of several Natterjack Toads seen today around the Observatory - Holme Bird Obs, June 2019

One of several Painted Lady roosting in the dunes this morning - Holme Bird Obs, June 2019

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Continental Black-tailed Godwit (nominate form limosa) ad.fem Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk no sign of fem.Red-backed Shrike just NE of Thornham on sea wall NW of Old Field Farm 5.15pm-6.15pm TF.737.440
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Breydon Water at east end at 6.05pm
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing Horsey in hedge 50yds west of Nelson Head Track junction at 11.30am then flew over road [confirmed from sound recording] NR29 4AD
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Red-backe
d Shrike fem just NE of Thornham on sea wall NW of Old Field Farm at 4.10pm tho mobile TF.737.440
Norfolk Little Gull flew NW past Mundesley 4.45-6.45am
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still late a'noon Horsey north of Nelson Head Track +200yds west of green shed NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle reported Horstead in tree by River Bure by B1150 Norwich Road bridge at 8.04am
Norfolk Spoonbill ad Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 3.43pm
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike male still this a'noon Blakeney Point in NT garden. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew west over Burnham Overy at 1.49pm
Norfolk Great White Egret Breydon Water at west end this morning +Short-eared Owl
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still 1.22pm Horsey north of Nelson Head Track +200yds north of green shed NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk possible Marsh Warbler singing Horsey in hedge 50yds west of Nelson Head Track junction at 11.30am then flew over road NR29 4AD
Norfolk Turtle Dove Titchwell RSPB still at overflow car park at 8.40am
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT still late morning on Arnold's Marsh +2.1s.Little Gulls. Spotted Redshank on North Scrape
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills flew east over Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike Blakeney Point in Plantation at 10am. Use Cley beach car park then walk WNW along shingle for 2.75mls TF.999.461 NR25 7RZ
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still 9.45am Horsey north of Nelson Head Track 200yds west of green shed NR29 4AD TG.471.231
Norfolk Spoonbill Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh. Great White Egret North Foreland Wood then flew west. 1w.Shag on North Scrape at 9.16am
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Cley NWT till 8.59am with cattle then flew west
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Cley NWT still from West Bank
Norfolk LESSER GREY SHRIKE male still Horsey north of Nelson Head Track near green shed at 7.16am +showing well NR29 4AD TG.471.231