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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 Thursday 4th June 2020

A cool day with a north breeze and rain during the afternoon. A feeding flock of 50+ House Martins, 20+ Swifts and 12 Swallows were around on the sheltered side of the reserves throughout the day. A Lesser Whitethroat was near the Broadwater and a Barn Owl was hunting on the east side of the village. 'Nigel' the colour-ringed Stonechat was around the Observatory in the afternoon.

Moths were not too abundant after the cold winds but a Lime-speck Pug, 3 Cinnabars, a Mottled Rustic, Sand Dart, Common Swift, White Ermine, Bordered White, Treble Lines, Bramble Shoot Moth, Small Elephant Hawk, Marbled Minor sp, Painted Neb and Brown Rustic were caught.

Below: Lime-speck Pug and Heart & Club




Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk 2.Little Stints 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes at 11.08am. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk BLACK KITE reported Roughton over wood by A140/ B1436 junction at 8.41am