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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 Friday 12th June 2020

A foggy day with the south side of the Broadwater often obscured! Swifts and House Martins continued to hawk insects over the pines and an adult Med Gull flew low over the dunes mid afternoon. Five Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit drifted over the marshes heading seaward.

In the moth traps a Fern, 4 Cinnabars, 2 Bordered Whites, a Lesser Yellow Underwing, a Silver Y, 2 Heart & Darts, a Common Swift, Uncertain, an Elephant Hawk Moth, Mottled Rustic and Large Yellow Underwing were caught.


Elephant Hawk Moth


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Norfolk Corncrake male singing Welney WWT at Summer Walk
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 1.03pm in Sprowston at Linacre Avenue in elder viewed from behind old shop
Norfolk Great White Egret Wells flew east over coast path at 11.17am
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 10.44am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk reported probable Greenish Warbler Caister by beach is a Willow Warbler [reidentified from photographs]
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 10.19am in Sprowston at Linacre Avenue in elder viewed from behind old shop
Norfolk probable Greenish Warbler Caister by beach 1/4ml north of 2nd Avenue car park in 2nd pile of boulders mid morning +showing well TG.522.142
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still in Sprowston at Linacre Avenue at 9.10am tho mobile