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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.

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 19th May 2020


A disappointingly quiet day bird wise, with a single Med Gull and a family of Stonechats on the East bank the most noteworthy news. The moth traps by comparison were busy, with 36 species of moth trapped which included four species of Hawkmoth: Eyed, Small Elephant, Pine and Lime, the latter looking particularly smart! Other insects around the reserve included several Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies and Azure, Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies.

Lime Hawkmoth

Four-spotted Chaser

Azure Damselfly
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Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk Common Crane over Sparham at 10.50am
Norfolk Common Crane Bowthorpe flew over Castleton Close at c11.25am
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes over Cringleford at 11.35am