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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 Tuesday 23rd June 2020

A beautiful sunny day with temperatures rising to 26 degrees. There was little new to report in the balmy conditions, with a Spoonbill still near the Broadwater, two Med Gulls around the dunes, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling early morning and a Cuckoo still calling on the Golf Course.

A Painted Lady was near the Observatory on the Viper's Bugloss, with 3 Small Heaths along the bank and 2 Azure Damelflies, 3 Blue-tailed Damselflies and 4 Large Red Damselflies around the pond.

The moth trap was rather quiet today with 2 Cinnabar, 2 Swallowtails, 4 Sand Darts, 2 Silver Ys, a Barred Yellow, 4 Middle-barred Minor, a White Ermine, Dwarf Cream Wave, Diamond-back, Spectacle, Common Wainscot, Small Blood-vein, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Mottled Rustic, Buff Tip, and Setaceous Hebrew Character the best that the day had to offer.

A backlit Swallowtail, which was only prepared to be photographed on the window!

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still 8.45am
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 7.59am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills y'day 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes in evng. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 23.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen 6.26am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey