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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 8th April 2020

A reeling Grasshopper Warbler was a nice surprise on arriving at the Observatory this morning, very much the bird highlight of the day.  The moth trap unsurprisingly only produced two species of moth, Red Chestnut and Early Grey, both typical for this time of year. Butterflies though continue to emerge with several Green Hairstreaks noted today.

Green Hairstreak

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Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly y'day High Kelling in garden
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Weybourne Camp still this morning
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Blakeney Freshmarsh
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT in Eye Field then flew high NNE
Norfolk Ring Ouzel on Sunday Hemsby
Norfolk Ring Ouzel y'day Claxton in grazing field
Norfolk Little Gull Welney WWT
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Reepham at 10.19am +singing Garden Warbler
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley flew south past 11.Glandford Road at 10.30am then landed in ditch by poplars west of sewage works
Norfolk Cattle Egret Limpenhoe again in grazing marsh viewed south from Well Road tho distant TG.395.031
Norfolk Ring Ouzel male Snettisham at Ken Hill Marsh +5.Yellow Wagtails Sedge Warbler
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk Hooded Crow Cley flew south over Glaven Valley at 9.07am
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Roydon Common NNR still
Norfolk 2.Ring Ouzels Grimston Warren
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh still in main drain early evng