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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 Saturday 18th July 2020

On the sea today a Fulmar, 3 Little Terns and 14 Sandwich Terns were recorded, and a Great White Egret flew across the grazing marsh mid morning. A Red Kite was over the village and 58 Black-tailed Godwits and a Ruff were also of note. A Hobby flew east along the Broadwater, and a Bar-headed Goose of unknown origin was with the Greylag flock.

Moths were abundant today with 75 species caught. Highlights included 2 Small Emerald, Latticed Heath, Oak Eggar, Marbled Clover, Haworth's Pug, 3 Drinkers, Barred Yellow, 2 Kent Black Arches, 2 Ruby Tigers, Clouded Border, Rosy Footman, 3 Mother of Pearl, Nutmeg, 2 Early Thorn, 2 White-line Darts, Dusky Sallow, 2 Pine Hawks, 3 Rustic, Buff Tip, Brown Tail, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Garden Tiger, Fen Wainscot, Bright-line Brown-eye, Small Blood Vein, Silky Wainscot, Webbs Wainscot, Dunbar, Sand Dart, Elephant Hawk, Clay, Dark Arches, and 4 Least Carpets.

Below: Marbled Clover, Webb's Wainscot, Silky Wainscot

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Norfolk 2.Common Scoters (1.drk) Wroxham Broad mid a'noon tho mobile
Norfolk Garganey on Thursday Breydon Water
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +2.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Great White Egret flew west over Cley NWT this morning
Norfolk 18.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