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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 Sunday 5th July 2020

A very windy day with spells of sunshine. A single Black-tailed Godwit was on the grazing marsh and around the reserve 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers were counted. It was otherwise rather quiet with many birds staying out of the strong winds.

Common Darter, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselfly were noted on the reserve today and Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Meadow Brown were struggling to find sheltered spots. In the moth traps a Riband Wave, 3 Common Footmen, 2 Rustics, a Nutmeg, 4 Heart & Darts, a Light Arches, 2 Flames, an Uncertain, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, a Shoulder-striped Wainscot, a Bright-line Brown Eye and a Smoky Wainscot were counted.


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Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 2.40pm. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance this a'noon. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Gull Weybourne flew west along shore at 9am
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still 1.22pm Cley NWT in NW corner of Pat's Pool from by visitor centre tho distant
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Cley NWT on Pat's Pool mid a'noon +Spotted Redshank
Norfolk Red-necked Phal still late morning Cley NWT on Pat's Pool tho distant
Norfolk Red-necked Phal Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 8.49am
Norfolk Osprey Hickling Broad NWT still 7.55am