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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 Friday August 2nd 2019

Most of the interest came from the beach and pools in the form of waders with highlights including 100 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Whimbrels, 12 Curlews, 12 Sanderlings, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshanks and 2 Snipe. Offshore a Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas and a Balearic Shearwater were reported and 10 Common Scoter were on the sea.

Around the pines and Observatory were 2 Tawny Owls, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Sparrowhawks and 4 Stock Doves. Overhead were a Spoonbill, 30 Swifts, 16 Swallows and 2 House Martins and in the Dunes 2 Grasshopper Warblers were reeling.

Lots of Painted Lady butterflies were around the reserve again, with Wall Browns also in evidence and Humming-bird Hawkmoths seen around the buddlejas. Twin-spotted Plume, Wainscot Neb and Tree Lichen Beauty were the best of the moth traps.

Aberrant Garden Tiger from the moth traps - Holme Bird Obs, August 2019 © David Bratt

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Titchwell RSPB still this evng +showing well
Norfolk 4.Wood Sands Cley NWT still this a'noon
Norfolk 7. Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon +9.Spoonbills still. Keep to publiv rights of way +do not enter from railway station
Norfolk 3.Wood Sands Burnham Norton early morning +3.Spoonbills. Cattle Egret Burnham Overy still by sea wall
Norfolk Black Tern juv flew east pats Sheringham 5.13-8.50am
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB +9.Spoonbills juv.Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Garganey ecl.drk Titchwell RSPB on Patsy's POol
Norfolk SOOTY TERN ad flew east past Weybourne at 6.42am
Norfolk Garganey fem Welney WWT from Friends Hide
Norfolk 17+ Wood Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide. 2.Spoonbills Pat's POol
Norfolk Long-tailed Skua ad flew east past Cley at 9am
Norfolk WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER Snettisham RSPB at 6am at high tide roost (+4 Curlew Sands)
Norfolk Caspian Gull 2s Cromer tsill on beach by Rocket House Cafe
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills y'day Warham Greens at 12.30pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull ad y'day Titchwell RSPB at 8.30pm +1s.Yellow-legged Gull 1s.Little Gull ad.Great White Egret 8.Wood Sands 4.Little Stints 3.Spotted Redshanks 17.Spoonbills
Norfolk repeat: SOOTY TERN ad flew east past Sheringham at 6.57am [slowly moving east distantly offshore]
MEGA Norfolk SOOTY TERN ad flew east past Sheringham at 6.57am