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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 Saturday 11th April 2020

A strong southerly breeze brought high temperatures with the weather station registering 24 degrees by the end of the afternoon. It was surprisingly quiet for migrants today with 3 Sparrowhawks, a single Swallow west over the pines, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, Grasshopper Warbler, and 3 Sedge Warblers recorded. Two Black Swans were again on the Broadwater and on the grazing marshes 30 Avocets, 5 Ruff and 22 Curlew were also of note. Five Pink-footed Geese were still loitering on the marsh and Wigeon numbers have dwindled with just three seen.

In the moth traps 5 Small Quakers, a Red Chestnut, 3 Hebrew Characters, a Pine Beauty and a Powdered Quaker were to be found, and butterflies had a good day with 5 Peacocks, a Speckled Wood, 2 Red Admirals, a Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Brimstones, 2 Green-veined Whites and 2 Green Hairstreaks around the Observatory reserve.

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Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still on Cricket Marsh
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Fakenham on golf course
Norfolk Cattle Egret Wormegay still near High Bridge at 11.34am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel fem Sedgeford in paddock at 10.18am
Norfolk 5.Ring Ouzels West Runton still at Water Lane in last paddock at 10.45am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe
Norfolk Ring Ouzel flew north over Hingham at 8.15am
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Great Massingham on SW side over fields between Lynn Lane +Walcups Lane mid morning then flew north