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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 26th July 2020

A sunny but breezy day, with a Great White Egret seen over the grazing marsh and 8+ Black-tailed Godwits also noted. A Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, 7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroats and 4 Bullfinches were also of interest.

Moths included Poplar Hawk, 5 Drinkers, 2 Garden Tigers, 2 Iron Prominents, 6 Dingy Footmen, 8 Common Footmen, 12 Scarce Footmen, 2 Yellow Tails, 4 Rosy Footmen, a Pine Hawk, 4 Ruby Tigers, 3 Riband Waves, 4 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwings, 2 Uncertains, 2 Knot Grass, 2 Brown-line Bright-eye, 18 Rustics, 7 Brown Tails, a Southern Wainscot, a Lime-speck Pug, 3 Smoky Wainscots, 2 Oak Eggars, a Latticed Heath, 2 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 3 Mothers of Pearl, a Dwarf Cream Wave, a Buff Footman, 2 Shore Wainscots, an Archer's Dart, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, Mottled Rustic, Bright-line Brown-eye, Single Dotted Wave, Fen Wainscot and Small Fan-footed Wave.

The curious-looking Saltmarsh Plume!

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Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 2.45pm. Car park is full
Norfolk 2.Spotted Redshanks Hickling Broad NWT this morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Titchwell RSPB briefly this morning then flew west
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad Snettisham RSPB still midday from South Hide
Norfolk Honey Buzzard Sutton Broad flew west towards Barton Turf at 11.50am
Norfolk 5+Great White Egrets Hickling Broad NWT +Wood Sand
Norfolk Honey Buzzard flew east over Holt Ctry Park at 10.20am
Norfolk Roseate Tern ad Snettisham RSPB flew towards pits at 10.15am
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly fem Winterton Dunes in oak TG.492.199
Norfolk 44.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 TF.983.437
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park at 8.36am
Norfolk Short-eared Owl 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills
Norfolk 3.Garganey just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn