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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 26th June 2020

A very humid and warm day with rain mid morning, and warm winds in the afternoon. A drake Wigeon was near the Broadwater and 12 Black-tailed Godwits were on the grazing marsh. A Common Tern drifted over high west, and a Cetti's Warbler was calling near the Firs. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling briefly in the dunes and a male Yellowhammer was singing on the edge of the village.

A Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the wing at the west end of the reserve, and in the moth traps 5 Cinnabar, 11 Common Footmen, 3 Riband Waves, 2 Bordered Whites, a Sharp-angled Peacock, 5 Dwarf Cream Waves, a Privet Hawk, a Flame, 2 Common Swifts, 3 Buff Ermine, a Kent Black Arches, 3 Haworth's Pugs, a Latticed Heath, Mottled Rustic, 4 Lyme Grass, 3 Pine Hawk, 6 Sand Darts, 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, 2 Dark Arches, 6 Middle-barred Minors, 2 Rustics, 3 Uncertains, 3 Shore Wainscots, 3 Diamond-backs, a Brown Rustic, a Beautiful Hook-tip, a Lime-speck Pug, Smoky Wainscot, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, an Obscure Wainscot, a Peach Blossom, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, the Clay, Barred Straw, Heart & Club, Double Square-spot, and Shaded Pug!

A Banded Demoiselle drifted up Kirkgate in the village and two Black-tailed Skimmers were noted.

The Obscure Wainscot was the moth of the day, even if it didn't look it...

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Norfolk Caspian Gull 1s flew east past Weybourne Camp this morning
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT on Pat's Pool +Spoonbill flew west
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad till 11.35am Snettisham RSPB on mud opposite Rotary Hide then flew into The Wash (+Turtle Dove 4.Spotted Redshanks)
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad Snettisham RSPB on mud opposite Rotary Hide at 10.35am (+ad.Little Gull)
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still +Wood Sand 4.Spotted Redshanks Knot 2.Common Cranes
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (ad +1s) Cley NWT on Simmonds' Scrape