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COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.

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 27th March 2020

The sunny weather continued with an increasingly cold north-easterly breeze. As yesterday, it was rather quiet, with little in the way of visual migration. A flock of 26 Black-tailed Godwits was on the NWT pools, and a Cetti's Warbler was still around the heli trap area, with singing Chiffchaff and Goldcrest on the Obs reserve and just offshore 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were floating while 60 Sanderling were scurrying around on the beach. A male Blackcap was heard again in the village and 2 Stonechats were on the east bank, but overall much the same as yesterday.

In the moth traps the regulation 3 Hebrew Characters were caught but also today an Early Thorn was seen flying in the sunshine in the area of the Dell. A Peacock butterfly was in the same area and the day was punctuated by a succession of rather fat and hairy bumble bees of various species!

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Norfolk Firecrest Southrepps Common by Bradfield Road
Norfolk Tree Pipit flew NW over Thetford at 10.05am
Norfolk Black Redstart Cley in garden
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Cley flew east along A149 viewed from garden along Glandford Road at 10.30am
Norfolk Firecrest male singing Wymondham at north end of Norwich Road near Waitrose