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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 Monday 6th July 2020

A mixed day of sunshine and showers, with a strong breeze easing during the day. A Common Tern flew along the edge of the Broadwater carrying a fish, and a Whimbrel flew over calling early afternoon. A total of 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroats, 6 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers were counted around the recording area and at least 4 Stonechats were of note, with a family of Pied Wagtails sitting on the NOA truck and 2 Bullfinches at the east end of the village.

The first Gatekeepers were out today, with 2 recorded at the Obs and 5 Ringlets, 12 Meadow Browns, 2 Red Admirals, 2 Small Whites, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Comma and 2 Small Skipper sp.

In the moth traps 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, a Common Rustic, a Flame Shoulder, a Buff Tip, 3 Common Footmen, a Silver Y, 2 Pebble Prominents, 5 Large Yellow Underwings, a Clay, a Heart & Club, 4 Uncertains, 2 Dark Arches and a Heart & Dart were caught.

A beautifully stripey Woodpigeon was about on the reserve today, and below that a beautifully stripey Archer's Dart moth!

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 12.50pm Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant +elusive (+Spoonbill. 14.Crossbills briefly in bushes by road then flew west)
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk BLACK KITE Hopton-on-Sea flew south past cliffs at c12.10pm
Norfolk Black Redstart Norwich at Castle Meadow Gardens late morning
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 11.30am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at c11.45am +4.Spoonbills still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT still 6.45am then drifted east
Norfolk Hoopoe y'day Weybourne in garden early morning only [trailcam images]
Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (1.ad) Salthouse east of Beach Road at 8.50am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant