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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 Friday 17th July 2020

A Great Spotted Cuckoo was reported flying south over the sea wall to the east of the Observatory at 7.55am but was never relocated. On the sea today 9 Teal passed offshore and 4 Eider, 130 Common Scoters, 1 Little Tern, 220 Sandwich Terns, 4 Common Terns, 2 Med Gulls, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Curlews and a Dunlin were all noted. Also of interest were 2 Whimbrel, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, and a Ruff.

Moths were very numerous with 4 Latticed Heath, 1 Riband Wave, 18 Common Footmen, 12 Scarce Footmen, a Common Carpet, a Fern, 4 Kent Black Arches, 2 Small Scallop, 1 Small Rivulet, 2 Small Dusty Waves, 1 Common Wave, 7 Brown Tails, 11 Rustics, a Buff Ermine, 2 Lesser Cream Waves, a Dingy Footman, 2 Ruby Tigers, a Mother of Pearl, a Lappet, a Garden Tiger, a Peppered Moth, 2 Least Carpet, 1 Fen Wainscot, a Buff Tip, 2 Single Dotted Waves, a Willow Beauty, 2 Drinkers, 6 Uncertains, a Shore Wainscot, 2 Dark Arches, 2 Archers Darts, a Pine Hawk, 2 Rosy Footmen, 3 Common Rustics, a Dwarf Cream Wave, a female Oak Eggar, Large Yellow Underwing, a Pebble Hook-tip, a Spectacle, a Lyme Grass, a Silky Wainscot, a Chinese Character and a Flame.

Below: Greater Diving Beetle from the moth trap, a Lappet and a Pebble Hook-tip

15 Gatekeepers, 6 Meadow Browns, a Comma, a Speckled Wood, 4 Red Admirals and 2 Brown Argus were also seen.

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Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Spoonbill flew north over Welney WWT
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Thornham Harbour at 11.55am
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO c1ml NW of Thornham flew over fields south of sea wall +lost to view c1/3ml WNW of harbour car park just north of sharp bend at 7.55am but no further sign