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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 Tuesday 21st July 2020

Bird highlights today included a vocal and mobile Crossbill in the Pines, a Greenshank on the Broadwater, and two calling Golden Plover over heading east.

The moth traps were as expected on the busy side with 41 species trapped, which included Swallow Prominent, Ruby Tiger, Drinker, Early Thorn and Garden Tiger. The most numerous were the Footman, with 20 Common, 19 Scarce and two Rosy caught.

Scarce and Common Footman

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still flew to reedbed at 2.53pm
Norfolk Roseate Tern flew past Kelling Hard at 9.05am
Norfolk Honey Buzzard 1ml east of Cley at Walsey Hills NOA this a'noon then flew south
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 10.Spotted Redshanks Snettisham RSPB on pits at 8am at high tide
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB still east of track to river
Norfolk Spoonbill just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Curlew Sand just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance tho distant. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Quail male singing Thorpe Marriott in field at end of Felsham Way at 9.17am (for 4th day)