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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 Saturday 15th August 2020

Highlights today were 2 Pied Flycatchers still present around the reserve, 3 Great White Egrets over the grazing marsh, 220 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Greenshank recorded, single Great and Arctic Skuas passing offshore, 7 Swifts, Green Woodpecker, 15 Swallows, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler and 2 Stonechats all noted.

Moths in the traps today included 2 Orange Swifts, 13 Silver Ys, 3 Yellow Tails, a Swallow Prominent, 10 Flounced Rustics, Double-striped and Angle-barred Pugs, a Coxcomb Prominent, 2 Cloaked Minors, a Scarce Footman, 5 Turnips, Small Waved Umber, 3 Flame Shoulders, 3 White-lined Darts, 4 Archer's Darts, 6 Dingy Footmen, a Poplar Grey, 1 Lime-speck Pug, a White-point and a Drinker.



Above: Orange Swift moth and Pied Flycatcher near Observatory


Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Wryneck still 3.18pm Winterton in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells still 2.10pm at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +3.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets between Burnham Norton +Burnham Deepdale still +Spoonbill
Norfolk Wryneck Winterton in South Dunes 100yds south of lighthouse by slope before private green steps at 12.20pm (+2.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse still 12.52pm at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Wood Sand 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham still at Potter Heigham Marshes +3.Spoonbills still. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Icterine Warbler still Wells Woods on SW side of The Dell (+11.Pied Flys)
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth at Caister Road Cemetery opposite Bure Park briefly 12.05pmNorfolk 40.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen at 10.49am. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk Pied Fly 1ml east of Cley +south of A149 at Walsey Hills NOA from viewpoint at 11.38am
Norfolk Wood Sand Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh on south side at 11.25am
Norfolk Pied Fly Caister-on-Sea at Braddock Road/ Eastern Avenue junction at end of car park
Norfolk Pied Fly Salthouse at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme in village in car park opposite toilets
Norfolk 6.Long-tailed Skuas (all juvs) Cley flew past beach car park: 5.west +1.east. Also Balearic S'water flew west
Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow still on west side at 7am
Norfolk 3+Pied Flys Wells Woods by main path near Norfolk Coastal Path sign +birch logs
Norfolk repeat: SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER flew SE past Mundesley at 8.20am [damaged right wing shows it to be the bird present in Lothian/Fife on 9th-11th August]
Norfolk Pied Fly just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. 5.Garganey in drain. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance +Garganey. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway station TF.932.431
Norfolk repeat: SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER flew SE past Mundesley at 8.20am
MEGA Norfolk SCOPOLI'S SHEARWATER flew SE past Mundesley at 8.20am
Norfolk Wood Sand East Wretham
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills flew east over Titchwell RSPB 5.45-6.30am
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme Dunes still at Broadwater Road in scrub by entrance
Norfolk Pied Fly Holme Dunes still at Broadwater Road in scrub by entrance