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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 25th August 2019

Another very warm and sunny day, a Great White Egret was feeding on the Broadwater first thing, and 600+ Golden Plover were flying around above Thornham Harbour, with 18 Whimbrel flying over calling during the day, 10 Black-tailed Godwits counted, single Common and Green Sandpipers on the NWT pools, 2 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 8 Whitethroats, 12 Sedge and 15 Reed Warblers, 3 Pied Flycatchers were still in the pines behind the Observatory during the day and 4 Stonechats were also of note.

Ringing produced a total of 29 birds for the day including a Garden Warbler and a juvenile male Stonechat.

In the moth traps highlights were 12 Archer's Darts, a Rosy Rustic, a Beautiful Plume, 2 White Points, a Rusty-Dot Pearl and on the buddleias a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was also of note.

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Norfolk Pied Fly Old Hunstanton in scrub on north side of golf course +Black Redstart
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Whinchats south of Horsey Gap between pillbox +Nelson Head Track at 3.20pm
Norfolk Whinchat Salthouse east of Gramborough Hill along posts at 3.07pm
Norfolk Osprey Norwich flew over Bowthorpe towards Colney early a'noon
Norfolk Dark Crimson Underwing moth Great Yarmouth trapped overnight
Norfolk Quail Salthouse at Gramborough Hill at 1.05pm
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad in trees on NW side at 12.21pm
Norfolk 4.Pied Flys Warham Greens at Garden Drove near copse at north end at 7.15am
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB
Norfolk report of Turtle Doves y'day Thorpe-next- Haddiscoe Marshes was erroneous
Norfolk 28.Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 11.04am +Curlew Sand Little Stint
Norfolk Great White Egret Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from Reception Hide early morning
Norfolk 26+Wood Sand Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape at 10.23am
Norfolk 4.Pied Flys east of Titchwell along footpath to Brancaster West Beach
Norfolk 20+Wood Sands Cley NWT from Daukes' Hide
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT from Dauke's Hide +5.Wood Sands
Norfolk Barred Warbler Blakeney Point in plantation at 8.58am
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Holme behind bird observatory at 8.10am