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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 Sunday 28th June 2020

A blustery day with squally showers. A morning seawatch produced 2 Fulmars west, 6 Gannets with 2 close inshore, 3 Little Terns east and 125 Sandwich Terns recorded. A summer plumage Golden Plover was on the grazing marsh south of the river Hun, 3 Sand Martins flew over the dunes, and a male Cetti's Warbler was singing near the west end of the reserve.

A few butterflies were struggling in the high winds with a Small Heath, 10 Meadow Browns, 4 Red Admirals and 6 Large Whites were counted. In the moth traps a Pine Hawk, 6 Middle-barred Minors, 2 Heart & Clubs, 2 Shore Wainscots, 3 Flames, 5 Sand Darts, a Bordered White, a Rustic, and Uncertain, 6 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, a Small Dusty Wave, 3 Striped Wainscots, 5 Lyme Grass, 2 Elephant Hawks, a Spectacle, 3 Buff Ermines, 9 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Heart & Darts, a Riband Wave, a Yellow Tail, a Swallowtail, a Peppered Moth, a Barred Straw, 2 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Grey Dagger agg, 2 Common Rustics, 2 Silver Ys, a Clay and a Marbled Minor sp.

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Norfolk Little Gull ad flew west past Cley NWT 9am-11am
Norfolk Wood Sand Buckenham Marshes RSPB on pool from track from car park at midday
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew over Hemsby this a'noon
Norfolk ALPINE SWIFT flew south over Winterton-on-Sea at cmidday