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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 7th August 2020

A very hot and sunny day developing but some interesting sightings including 70 Golden Plover, 26 Whimbrel and 30 Black-tailed Godwits flying east over the grazing marsh, a Greenshank flying over calling, and a Grey Wagtail passing west.

Moths today included a Black Arches, Red-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 6 Scarce Footmen, a Marbled Clover, 3 Ruby Tigers, 9 Flounced Rustics, 15 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 2 Common Rustics, 6 Archer's Darts, a Vine's Rustic, 5 Straw Underwings, a Wormwood Pug, a Mother of Pearl, 5 White-line Darts, 3 Dingy Footmen, a Rosy Footman, 2 Yellow Tails, a Small Elephant Hawk, Knot Grass, Willow Beauty, 5 Silver Y, Least Carpet, Tree-lichen Beauty, Cream-bordered Green Pea, 3 Rosy Minors, a Rosy Wave, a Garden Tiger, and an Oak Processionary, one of a few to be caught in the area in recent days.



Above: Black Arches, Oak Processionary

Butterflies included Common Blue, Brown Argus, Comma, Wall Brown and Gatekeeper, and there were 3+ Migrant Hawkers feeding around the reserve, 2 Common Darters and an Azure Damselfly were also noted.

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Norfolk 7.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Broad at 2.10pm then flew towards Filby Broad. male Lesser Emperor dragonfly Ormesby Little Broad. 3.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Filby Broad
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Broad at 2.10pm then flew towards Filby Broad. male Lesser Emperor dragonfly Ormesby Little Broad. 3.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Filby Broad
Norfolk Osprey Ormesby Broad at 2.10pm then flew towards Filby Broad. male Lesser Emperor dragonfly Ormesby Little Broad. 3.Lesser Emperor dragonflies Filby Broad
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still +14.Common Cranes still
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Snettisham RSPB at 8am at high tide +Spoonbill 10+Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk 5+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies Thompson Common still on 1st muddy pool right of main car park
Norfolk Tree Pipit Gramborough Hill on Bump at 10.38am
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Breydon Water
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1s Kelling on beach at 9.35am
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +Spotted Redshank still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk 5.Great White Egrets Hickling flew SE over Heigham Sound at 8.18am
Norfolk released White Stork (blue-ringed) ad Ringstead still on SW side on roof at Glebe Farm at 5.57am