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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 Friday 31st July 2020

On the sea today 10 Gannets, one Little Tern, one Black Tern, an adult Arctic Tern, 156 Sandwich Terns and 8 Common Terns were counted. Waders included a Green Sandpiper at Gore Point, 2 Whimbrel over calling and 15 Black-tailed Godwits. A Juvenile Cuckoo was in the dunes.

With very high temperatures it was a good day for insects with male Emperor Dragonfly on the wing and butterflies included Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Red Admiral and Wall Brown.

In the moth traps a Dark Crimson Underwing was a special addition to the Observatory list and other moths were 5 Drinkers, 6 Garden Tigers, 4 Ruby Tigers, 4 Scarce Footman, 3 Common Footman, 6 Straw Underwing, 11 Rustic, 4 Cloaked Minor, a White-point, Brown-line Bright-eye, Smoky Wainscot, 2 Flounced Rustic, Small Waved Umber, Silver Y, 2 Yellow Tails, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pale Prominent, Common Rustic, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, Kent Black Arches, Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, White-line Dart and Least Carpet.

Dark Crimson Underwing

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Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly Blickling Hall Lake
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes Welney WWT still +Cattle Egret Great White Egret
Norfolk 3.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk Honey Buzzard fem Sutton flew east over Moor Road at midday
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still at Patsy's Pool