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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 Saturday 11th July 2020

Seawatching today produced 150 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe, a Fulmar, 12 Gannets and 59 Sandwich Terns. A flock of 180+ Black-tailed Godwits were at Thornham Harbour together with 60 Curlew. Three immature Spoonbills flew west along the dunes and a Grasshopper Warbler was heard in the paddocks early morning. Two Siskins flew west over the Observatory.

Around the reserve Small Heath, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper were noted. In the moth traps 18 Common Footmen, 4 Scarce Footmen, 2 Cinnabars, 4 Dwarf Cream Waves, a Diamond-back, a Small Emerald, a Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Uncertains, a Marbled Minor sp, 2 Mottled Rustics, 2 Rustics, 1 Silver Y, 1 Nutmeg, 2 Brown Tail, a Short-cloaked Moth, a Kent Black Arches, an Early Thorn, Peppered Moth, The Clay, a Rosy Footman, and a Heart & Dart were caught.

Below - The Rustic and Round-winged Muslin moths

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Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad again 1.30pm just east of Wells at North Point Pools west of track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance from north side. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser Yellowlegs just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this a'noon (but 5.Spoonbills). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk LESSER YELLOWLEGS ad 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 30.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Great White Egret. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Scaup drk still 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +8.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Little Gull y'day Weybourne Camp