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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 20th July 2020

On the sea today 46 Common Scoters, a Little Tern, 165 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns were seen, with 6 Med Gulls in Thornham Harbour, a Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the area, a Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 7 Whitethroats, 4 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, a juvenile Stonechat and 2 Bullfinches also of note. A Bar-headed Goose was with the Greylags on the Broadwater.

Moths included 5 Rosy Footmen, 17 Scarce and 17 Common Footmen, 13 Rustics, a Chinese Character, a Small Scallop, a Shore Wainscot, 6 Ruby Tiger, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Least Carpet, 6 Uncertains, a Beautiful Hook-tip, a Silver Y, 2 Oak Eggars, a Dark Sword-grass, 5 Single Dotted Waves, a Yellow-tail, a Clouded Border, a Buff Tip, 2 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Brown-line Bright-eye, a Mother of Pearl, a Peppered Moth, a Sharp-angled Peacock, a Least Yellow Underwing, a Clay, Lyme Grass, Dark Arches, Buff Ermine, Nutmeg and Archer's Dart.

Below: Dark Sword-grass

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Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 1.12pm
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool +Great White Egret flew west
Norfolk Curlew Sand 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 TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT by South Pool with cattle at 7.18am
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Cley NWT still at Watling Water in evng