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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 Sunday 24th May 2020

Lighter winds today brought more birds and insects out into view. A Spoonbill was asleep on one leg near the Broadwater Hide, and a summer plumage Golden Plover was on the grazing marsh with 4 Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel also noted. Over 100 Swifts were counted moving through with 15 Swallows and 20 House Martins also heading west, and a Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers and 5 Whitethroats also seen. A Black Swan was at the back of the marsh.

Moths were a little more numerous today too, with 2 Cinnabars, 4 Small Elephant Hawks, a Pebble Prominent, one Muslin, 3 White Ermine, 2 Heart & Dart, a Light Brocade, Brown Rustic, 2 Turnip Moths, a Sand Dart, one Mottled Rustic, Common Wainscot, 2 Flame Shoulder, Single Square Spot Miller and Northern Drab in the traps.

Around the pond a Hairy Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser, 8 Large Red Damselflies, 2 Blue-tailed and 2 Azure Damselflies were counted, and butterflies included Brown Argus, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Wall Brown.

Below: Light Brocade, Miller and Azure Damselfly

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Norfolk 3.Common Cranes Cley NWT still 2.04pm viewed from picinc area by visitor centre
Norfolk Garganey drk Snettisham Coastal Park at NW end of Ken Hill Pools east of bund by footpath to Ken Hill Woods at 11.53am
Norfolk Grey-headed Wagtail male north of Felmingham in field at 9.45am then flew north