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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 23rd July 2020

A one and a half hour seawatch today produced 10 Teal passing west, 73 Common Scoter, a Fulmar, 23 Gannets, 6 Turnstones, 5 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 3 Little Terns, 86 Sandwich Terns and 7 Common Terns. Five Med Gulls were in Thornham Harbour, and 15 Sand Martins passed west along the dunes, with a juvenile Wheatear along the east bank and single Grey and Yellow Wagtails passing overhead. A Whimbrel flew over calling and 100+ Curlew and 100+ Black-tailed Godwits were also recorded. The suspicious Bar-headed Goose was still with the Greylag flock.

There were plenty of moths with 13 Common Footmen, 11 Scarce Footmen, 4 Least Carpet, a Shaded Broad-bar, Small Emerald, 17 Rustic, 6 Ruby Tiger, Single Dotted Wave, Smoky Wainscot, Sharp-angled Peacock, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Yellow Tails, 1 Small Scallop, Oak Eggar, 2 Pine Hawk, 1 Poplar Hawk, 2 Kent Black Arches, 2 Brown-line Bright-eye, a Garden Tiger, a Rosy Rustic, a Tree Lichen Beauty (which flew straight out of the trap!), a Bright-line Brown-eye, 2 Archer's Darts, 2 Southern Wainscots, 6 Uncertains, 3 Dark Arches, a Sand Dart, a Lyme Grass, a Latticed Heath, a Small Elephant Hawk, 2 Shore Wainscots, a Haworth's Pug, a Fen Wainscot, a Buff Ermine, 2 Common Rustic, a Shuttle-shaped Dart, a Riband Wave, a Drinker, and during the day a Humming-bird Hawk Moth was on the Viper's Bugloss.

Butterflies included Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, a Ringlet, 2 Brown Argus, Peacock, Red Admiral and Large White.

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Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves Snettisham RSPB this morning
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Snettisham RSPB still this morning
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew NW over Runham at 12.45pm
Norfolk 6.Garganey (ad.fem +5.young) still Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew west over Winterton-on-Sea at 11.25am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle flew north over Hickling Broad late morning
Norfolk no sign of reported male.Little Crake SE of Irstead by River Ant just south of Irstead Staithe last night 10.30pm-1.30am TG.368.203
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh
Norfolk 2.Roseate Terns (both ads) Eccles-on-Sea on beach
Norfolk Little Gull Cley NWT