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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 Thursday 2nd July 2020

A cool and breezy day with light showers in the afternoon. A group of 7 Black-tailed Godwits flew east over the Obs and 3 Stonechats, a male and 2 juveniles, were seen around the reserves. A Treecreeper was at the west end of the pines mid morning.

In the moth traps 3 Cinnabars, 2 Buff Ermines, 20 Garden Grass Veneers, 3 Swallowtails, 2 Haworth's Pugs, a Privet Hawk Moth, a Heart & Dart, a Bordered White, 3 Common Footman, 2 Uncertain, 3 Flame, 2 Rustic, a Dark Arches, 2 Kent Black Arches, a Beautiful Hook-tip, a Ruby Tiger, a Brown Tail, 2 Small Magpies, 2 Lyme Grass, 4 Large Yellow Underwings, 2 Common Emeralds, 2 Pine Hawks, a Peppered Moth, a Sand Dart, 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscots, 2 Fen Wainscots, a Smoky Wainscot and a Mottled Rustic were caught.

Below; Fen Wainscot, Ruby Tiger and Small Magpie




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Norfolk 28.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at midday +Great White Egret still. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills Heacham South Beach +2.Turtle Doves still
Norfolk 3.Balearic S'waters Cley NWT flew east past beach at 12.40pm
Norfolk Little Gull ad Cley flew west past beach
Norfolk Wood Sand on Tuesday 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +Great White Egret 7.Spoonbills. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 6.Spoonbills (5.imms) y'day Cley NWT
Norfolk Hooded Crow on Tuesday Hemsby in evng