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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 20th June 2020

A day of sunny spells and an moderate southerly breeze. A drake Wigeon was still around the Broadwater and at least 26 Lapwings were on the grazing marshes. Two Med Gulls flew overhead and a Cuckoo was calling near Thornham Harbour. Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 4 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers were singing.

Moths were rather lacklustre today with a Silver Y, Common Footman, Riband Wave, Small Dusty Wave, Marbled Minor agg, 2 Mottled Rustics, 4 Barred Straws, a Common Swift, Smoky Wainscot, Common Emerald, 4 Cinnabar, White Ermine, Flame, Heart & Dart, Large Yellow Underwing, Brimstone, Sand Dart and Bordered White caught in the traps.

A few more butterflies today with a Painted Lady, 4 Small Heath, 5 Meadow Brown and 2 Red Admiral seen. At least 4 Large Red Damselflies were around the pond.

Emperor caterpillars have been eating themselves silly and most have begun to spin their cocoons. A last photo is below before they disappear for the next 9 months!

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Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad till 1pm then flew towards Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Norfolk Osprey Rockland Broad at 12.56pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk 2.RED-FOOTED FALCONS (ad.fem +1s.fem) Wells flew inland 11.55am-12.03pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance early morning. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Stone Curlew Winterton Dunes then flew north
Norfolk SAVI'S WARBLER singing still 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 at 5am +showing tho distant