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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 Monday 25th May 2020

A beautiful bank holiday with light winds and sunshine throughout. Two Cuckoos were calling during the morning and 4 Cetti's Warblers were counted along the river Hun and Broadwater. Swifts were less numerous today but a Sand Martin, 6 Swallows and 10 House Martins were counted, with 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 11 Whitethroats, 13 Sedge Warblers and 2 Reed Warblers also seen. A Whimbrel flew over calling.

A healthy catch of moths today included 23 Cinnabars, 5 Small Elephant Hawks, a Chinese Character, Knot Grass, 2 Bordered Whites, 3 Green Carpets, a Willow Beauty, Small Magpie, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, 2 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 1 Brown Rustic, 2 Fern, 6 Common Wainscot, a Flame Shoulder, 11 White Ermine, 4 Mottled Rustic, a Breckland Plume, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Swallow Prominent, 6 Treble Lines, 3 Yellow Belles, a Pebble Prominent, 2 Bright-line Brown-eyes, a female Fox Moth, Pine and Privet Hawk Moths, Lyme Grass, Sand Dart and 2 Large Yellow Underwings.

Below: female Fox Moth, Pine Hawk and Fern moth

Hairy Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, Large Red and Azure Damselflies were around the pond today, and 2 Small Heath, 6 Brown Argus and 2 Green Hairstreaks were noted.

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Norfolk Turtle Dove Narborough Railway Cutting NWT late morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle ad flew NE over Mulbarton at 3.05pm
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Downham Market flew east over 2.Ryston End at 2.30pm
Norfolk 5.Turtle Doves Snettisham Coastal Park this morning +Spoonbill
Norfolk Osprey Cley NWT early a'noon then flew south along River Glaven