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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 Saturday 30th May 2020

Yet another sunny day but with a brisk east-north-east breeze. A single Spoonbill was asleep south of Broadwater Road early morning and a Whimbrel came up off the grazing marsh. A Med Gull flew over calling and 2 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Whitethroats were around the reserve.

In the moth traps it was relatively quiet but 20 Cinnabar, White Ermine, Vine's Rustic, 6 Treble Lines, 3 Mottled Rustics, 2 Sand Darts, 3 Small Elephant Hawks, a Yellow Belle, Angle Shades, Brown Rustic, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Heart & Dart were caught.

Butterflies were similarly sparse with the cold winds, but 2 Green Hairstreaks, 4 Small Heaths and a Red Admiral were recorded today.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk repeat: SQUACCO HERON ad 2/3ml NW of Letheringsett at Bayfield Hall at SE end of lake at 2.41pm. Park in Letheringsett +walk NW; do not park by Blakeney Road
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON ad 2/3ml NW of Letheringsett at Bayfield Hall at SE end of lake at 2.41pm. Park in Letheringsett +walk NW; do not park by Blakeney Road
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON ad.fem Hickling Broad NWT still 1.29pm over reedbed near Bittern Hide
Norfolk Purple Heron Hickling Broad NWT flew west over Rush Hill Scrape viewed from Weavers' Way at 11.35am
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT still flew over visitor centre at 11.10am (+released White Stork (blue-ringed) still)
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) Hickling Broad flew NNW over Rush Hill Scrape at 10.40am
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) Filby flew over road at 9.59am