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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 25th July 2020

A breezy start with rain and thunder developing later. On the sea 2 Common Scoter, 12 Gannets, 3 Little Terns, 61 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns were recorded, and 2 Great White Egrets were around the grazing marsh all day. A Whimbrel flew over and a Cetti's Warbler was calling from Redwell Marsh. The mysterious Bar-headed Goose was still with the Greylags on the Broadwater.

Moths were varied today with 12 Scarce Footmen, 5 Common Footmen, a Dingy Footman, 7 Small Fan-footed Waves, 2 Cloaked Minors, 3 Mother of Pearls, 36 Rustic, 5 Drinker, 7 Ruby Tigers, a Least Yellow Underwing, a Dusky Sallow, 4 Uncertains, 6 Garden Tigers, a Scalloped Oak, 4 Fen Wainscots, 4 Dark Arches, 2 Straw Underwings, an Archer's Dart, 4 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Riband Waves, 2 Brown Tails, a Yellow Tail, a Black Arches, Mouse Moth, 2 Shore Wainscots, Buff Ermine, 2 Pine Hawks, 2 Marbled Clovers, 2 Clays, a Latticed Heath, a Rosy Minor, Single Dotted Wave, 2 Southern Wainscots, 3 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Rosy Footmen, Poplar Hawk, Pale Prominent, White-line Dart, Kent Black Arches 2 Lesser Cream Wave, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Bright-line Brown-eye, a Spectacle a Campion, 2 Common Rustics and a Light Arches.

Below: Black Arches and Straw Underwing




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Norfolk Honey Buzzard male Wiveton flew over Wiveton Downs towards Wiveton Church mid a'noon
Norfolk Turtle Dove male singing Snettisham RSPB still near car park
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT still south of track to Stubb Mill
Norfolk 4.Garganey (ad.fem +3.young) still Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT
Norfolk 44.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey 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 2.Wood Sands 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 2.Garganey just east of Wells still 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 Caspian Gull juv on Tuesday Titchwell RSPB on beach