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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 Thursday 11th June 2020

A warm but damp day with rain starting in the afternoon. At least 5 Spoonbills were still around the Broadwater, flying off west in the afternoon. A Red Kite drifted over the village and 15 Golden Plover were seen over the grazing marsh. Three Common Terns were also seen over the Broadwater and a large mixed group of 40 Swifts, 20 House Martins and 2+ Swallows were feeding near the Firs while a Cetti's Warbler was calling near the west end of the reserve.

Moths included 4 Bordered Whites, a Sharp-angled Peacock, 4 Cinnabars, an Uncertain, a Silver Y, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Common Swift, a Pine Hawk Moth, Heart & Dart, Straw Dot, Mottled Rustic, Vine's Rustic, Heart & Club and Dog's Tooth (pictured).

Emperor Caterpillars are getting huge!

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 2.31pm in Sprowston in back garden of 6.Linacre Avenue
Norfolk 13.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 1.40pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Spoonbill Warham Greens on saltings at Warham Pit
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance mid morning then flew east. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Spoonbill flew east past Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 11.46am in Sprowston behind 6.Linacre Avenue
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.31am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills y'day Blakeney Harbour still
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 9.17am in Sprowston in garden of 17.Blithemeadow Drive NR7 8PX
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling ad.male just NE of Norwich still 7.40am in Sprowston at Linacre Avenue in gardens towards Blithemeadow Drive viewed from behind car park of old shop
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills y'day 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.436.195
Norfolk Rose-coloured Starling just NE of Norwich still in Sprowston at Linacre Avenue flew over old shop at 6.10am