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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 Tuesady 26th May 2020

A pleasantly calm, warm and sunny day at the Obs. Birds of note on and around the Broad-water included a single Spoonbill and a Common Sandpiper. The moth traps were again productive with 44 species caught, which included Elephant and Small Elephant Hawk moths, Pale Tussock and Sandy Carpet. A non-moth addition to the catch was a rather smart and impressive Cockchafer.

Common Sandpiper

Elephant Hawk moths

Pale Tussock

Sandy Carpet
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Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON fem Hickling Broad NWT still 12.55pm flew east over Weavers' Way midway between Rush Hill Scrape +Potter Heigham Marshes
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON Hickling Broad NWT still mid morning over marsh along trail to Bittern Hide
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON 1s.male Cley over High Street at 10.20am then flew north
Norfolk Osprey y'day Wiveton at garden pond at c8.30pm
Norfolk RED-FOOTED FALCON Hickling Broad NWT (present 2+days) (+Wood Sand Garganey)
Norfolk SQUACCO HERON Hickling Broad NWT flew north towards Swim Coots