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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 Thursday 16th July 2020

Two Great White Egrets were seen over the grazing marshes mid morning, and a Crossbill was calling in the pines early afternoon. Two Sandwich Terns flew along the Broadwater and 6+ Whimbrel, 10 Curlew and 9 Black-tailed Godwits were also counted over the marsh. Unsettled weather also produced a count of 30+ Swifts over the dunes.

In the moth traps 5 Garden Tigers, a Least Carpet, 13 Common Footmen, a Common Carpet, Single Dotted Wave, 6 Scarce Footman, 1 Peppered Moth, 2 Buff Ermine, 1 Small Emerald, 2 Kent Black Arches, a Striped Wainscot, Silver Y, 2 Rustic, 4 Uncertain, 3 Dark Arches, a Common Pug, 3 Dark Arches, 2 Cinnabars, a Latticed Heath, 3 Early Thorns, a Yellow Tail, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Brown-line Bright Eyes, a Brown Tail, 2 Oak Eggars, 2 Pine Hawks, 2 Ruby Tigers, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, a Smoky Wainscot, an Archer's Dart, a Clay, 2 Common Rustics, a Sand Dart, a Lyme Grass and a Lesser Cream Wave were caught.

Below: Least Carpet

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Norfolk Spotted Redshank Cley NWT still on Pat's Pool from visitor centre car park late a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT
Norfolk no sign of Large Tortoiseshell butterfly Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide 8.30-11am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard between Holt +Cley from road late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret on Monday Titchwell RSPB +5.Spoonbills Spotted Redshank. Reserve now open