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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 Monday 13th July 2020

Our first day of opening since the lockdown - it was great to welcome back our first visitors in three months!

A Great White Egret and 2 Spoonbills were seen during the day, with a Red Kite drifting over east of Holme Church and 8 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Ruff on the flooded area near Thornham Harbour. On the sea 17 Common Scoters, 2 Little Terns and 128 Sandwich Terns were passing, with 2 Med Gulls also noted. An adult Cuckoo flew east mid-morning and during the afternoon a Yellow Wagtail flew over the pines calling.

A Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small and Large White and Comma butterflies were recorded. In the moth traps 2 Scarce Footmen, 9 Common Footmen, a Haworth's Pug, a Cinnabar, Smoky Wainscot, Swallowtail, 2 Uncertains, a Diamond-back, Cloaked Minor, Pine Hawk Moth, Kent Black Arches, Dark Arches, Brown-line Bright Eye and a Garden Tiger were recorded.

A stray Beewolf was found trying to escape the Obs building (below)!

Cloaked Minor

Garden Tiger

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Norfolk 35.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey again just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 12.20pm. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Great White Egret Hickling Broad NWT still +Turtle Dove
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide at 2pm
Norfolk 2.Common Cranes Welney WWT still
Norfolk Caspian Gull Cromer on beach at 11.12am
Norfolk 34.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Curlew Sand Breydon Water from South Wall early morning
Norfolk 8.Spoonbills just east of Wells 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