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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 Thursday 28th May 2020

Another dry and sunny day with a cooling breeze. A Common Tern was flying over the Broadwater and 3 Sand Martins were feeding above the pines. A Red Kite drifted over west mobbed by Shelduck, and a summer plumage Golden Plover was still south of the River Hun. The Cuckoo was calling id morning from the back of Drove Orchard, and a young Stonechat was near the Observatory in the afternoon.

A female Black-tailed Skimmer was directed out of the Heligoland trap and around the pond 4 Large Red and 3 Azure Damselflies were counted. Butterflies included Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus and a single Green Hairstreak.

In the moth traps a White Point, 13 Cinnabar, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 6 Small Elephant Hawks, 2 Treble Lines, a Sand Dart, 3 White Ermines, 6 Mottled Rustics, a Heart and Dart, a Swallow Prominent, Angle Shades, Iron Prominent, Common Wainscot, 2 Brown Rustics and a Rosy Wave.

The Emperor Moth caterpillars continue to grow apace:

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Norfolk 15+Common Cranes Hickling Broad NWT +1w.Spoonbill
Norfolk White Stork flew over Hickling Broad NWT at 2.30pm
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Alderford Common
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Burnham Overy Marshes over pool east of track to dunes mid morning
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT still west of Horsey Mere tho distant