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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 Monday 10th August 2020

A hot and sunny day with a brisk easterly breeze, seawatching between 9am and 10am produced 7 Common Scoters, 3 Fulmars, 61 Gannets, a Balearic Shearwater east close in, 1 Little Tern, 80 Sandwich Terns and 10 Common Terns. Waders included 85 Curlew, 49 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Common Sandpipers. Passerines included 4 Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat (ringed), 6 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge and 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Pied Flycatchers were also ringed (first year male and first year female), 4 Stonechats were on the east bank, and 6 Yellow Wagtails flew over calling.

Emperor, Southern Hawker and Migrant Hawker dragonfly were seen around the reserve with Common Darter also noted. Butterflies included 4 Common Blues, 3 Small Coppers and a Small Heath.

In the moth traps a Red Twin-spot Carpet, 3 Garden Tigers, Common Carpet, 2 Yellow-tails, 11 Dingy Footmen, 7 Shuttle-shaped Darts, 2 Single Dotted Waves, 10 Archer's Darts, 13 Cloaked Minors, a Dark Arches, Sharp-angled Peacock, 2 Tree-lichen Beauties, a Dusky Sallow, 4 Scarce Footmen, a Nutmeg, 10 Straw Underwings, 2 Common Footmen, 2 Flame Shoulders, 2 Large Yellow Underwings, 4 White-line Darts, 12 Flounced Rustics, a Drinker, 2 Angle-barred Pugs, a Rosy Wave, Breckland Plume, Beautiful Plume, 2 Ruby Tigers, a Spectacle, White-point, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Pine Hawk, 2 Turnips, a Clay and a Rustic were recorded.

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Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Thornham Point still this a'noon
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh +Great White Egret 5.Spoonbills
Norfolk 7.Arctic Terns Breydon Water flew east past South Wall early a'noon
Norfolk Spotted Redshank Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Curlew Sand ad Snettisham RSPB still +Little Stint Spoonbill
Norfolk Beautiful Marbled moth last night North Walsham trapped
Norfolk 2.Black Terns Cley flew east past beach car park
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme NOA trapped +ringed
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Holkham Freshmarsh still
Norfolk Pied Fly Wells Woods north of track midway between The Dell +Lady Anne's Drive
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Thornham Point
Norfolk Roseate Tern juv Cley flew east past beach car park at c8.45am
Norfolk 7.Wood Sands 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes +5.Spoonbills. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Beautiful Marbled moth last night Stoke Holy Cross trapped
Norfolk Curlew Sand y'day flew south past Hemsby +Pied Fly. On Friday Black Tern flew south
Norfolk Wood Sand on Thursday Martham Broad +Great White Egret
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh