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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 Sunday 12th July 2020

A rather uneventful day bird-wise unfortunately, with several small flocks of Black-tailed Godwit, 15 and seven the highlight.
Butterfly wise, a Painted Lady albeit a worn example, was a nice find near the Dell Hide.
The Moth trap produced 36 species, which included Brown-line Bright-eye, two Rosy Footman, two Peppered Moths, three Small Emerald and single Clouded Border, Round-winged Muslin and Garden Tiger.

Peppered Moths, two forms, the darker 'insularia' the more unusual.

Garden Tiger

Brown-line Bright-eye.
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Norfolk 2.Little Gulls (both 1s) flew east past Cley
Norfolk 37.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey +just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen +Wood Sand. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk no sign of ad.Lesser Yellowlegs just E.of Wells at North Point Pools W.of track N.of A149 +1/3ml E.of steam railway entrance from N.side (but 4.Spoonbills). Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431