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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 Saturday 13th June 2020

On the sea today 3 Fulmars, an adult Gannet and 203 Sandwich Terns were the highlights, while around the Broadwater 6 Spoonbills were still present. A Sand Martin flew east through the dunes and 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge and 5 Reed Warblers were counted. A female Black Redstart was on the east bank briefly and a male Stonechat was also there chasing her away!

Two Red Admirals and two Small Heaths were counted during the day, with a pair of Azure Damselflies seen in the morning. A Drinker moth caterpillar was rescued off the road in the village.


In the moth traps 5 Cinnabars, 13 Bordered Whites, an Angle Shades, 13 Diamond-backs, a Flame, a Fern, Short-cloaked Moth, 2 Marbled Minor sp, a Striped Wainscot, White Point, Sand Dart, Silver Y, Heart & Dart, 3 Mottled Rustics, Brown Rustic, Uncertain, Common Swift, Privet Hawk, Swallow Prominent, White Ermine, Poplar Hawk, Iron Prominent, Light Emerald, Heart & Club, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Large Yellow Underwing and Elephant Hawk Moth were all caught.

Privet Hawk Moth

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Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still early a'noon 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh. Restricted viewing from path
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 2.36pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN still 3pm 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk Corncrake male singing Welney WWT still at Summer Walk +Garganey Great White Egret
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still early a'noon 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge +showing on +off TG.268.083
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes late morning. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.438.193
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still c11.15am 2mls ESE of Norwich just south of Thorpe St.Andrew +north of River Yare at Thorpe Marshes NWT east of cattle pens by path left of railway bridge TG.268.083
Norfolk Marsh Warbler singing still late morning 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA near Snipe's Marsh +showing on +off. Restricted viewing from path
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Hickling Broad NWT +5.Spoonbills 2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 5.Garganey (3.drks) 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +4.Spoonbills. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195