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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 Friday 28th August 2020

An increasingly blustery day with heavy rain at lunch time, highlights today were 10 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 65 Common Scoter offshore, 3 Fulmars, a Razorbill and 2 Kittiwakes offshore. A total of 78 Whimbrel were counted passing west and 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper and a Spotted Redshank were around the grazing marshes, and 2 Stonechats were in the dunes.

In the moth traps 3 Brimstones, 2 Rusty Dot Pearls, 13 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a White Ermine, 19 Flounced Rustics, 9 Silver Ys, 3 Common Wainscots, 4 Square-spot Rustics, 3 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 Vine's Rustics, 2 White-lined Darts, 2 Straw Dots, a Mottled Rustic, 7 Archer's Darts, 3 Snouts, a Blood-vein, a Mother-of-pearl, a Lime-speck Pug and a Dark Sword-grass were caught.

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Norfolk Little Stint juv Titchwell RSPB still 4.04pm +juv.Curlew Sand 2.Spoonbills ad.Little Gull
Norfolk Little Stint juv Snettisham RSPB on mudflats mid a'noon +3.Curlew Sands (2.juvs) still
Norfolk 3.Pied Flys Winterton South Dunes in oaks
Norfolk Little Stint Cantley beet factory still this a'noon +Wood Sand still NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Curlew Sand Titchwell RSPB still +Spoonbill still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints y'day Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 2.Curlew Sands (both juvs) Breydon Water still early morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Cantley beet factory still but no sign of Little Stint NR13 3ST TG.391.026
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this morning +Great White Egret still. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 5+Curlew Sands Hickling Broad NWT on Rush Hill Scrape from Weavers' Way +Little Stint still
Norfolk Osprey flew east over West Runton
Norfolk Wood Sand 1.5mls south of Thetford flew south over Nunnery Lakes NR at 7.03am