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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 8th August 2020

Seawatching today produced 12 Teal, 380 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 110 Gannets, 2 Arctic Skuas, 19 Little Terns, 125 Sandwich Terns, 25 Common Terns, and an adult Kittiwake. Waders included 4 Avocets, 2 Whimbrel, 20+ Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common and a Green Sandpiper. A Cetti's Warbler was along the east bank.

A total of 105 species of moths were trapped overnight, including a Treble Bar, Narrow-winged Pug, 3 Angle-barred Pugs, a Coxcomb Prominent, Small Rivulet, Shore Wainscot, 2 Least Carpets, 7 Silver Ys, 3 Willow Beauties, 12 Archer's Darts, 6 Garden Tigers, 5 Yellow-tails, 2 Latticed Heaths, 21 Cloaked Minors, 2 Mother of Pearl, 3 Rosy Footman, 2 Dusky Sallow, a Tawny-barred Angle, 2 Ear sp, 2 Sharp-angled Peacocks, a Lychnis, 8 Tree Lichen Beauties, 3 Fen Wainscots, 3 Small Waved Umbers, 3 Small Fan-footed Waves, a Yellow Shell, a Small Blood-vein, a Rosy Rustic, 7 Drinkers, 2 Black Arches, 7 Straw Underwings, 2 Lyme Grass, 3 Pine Hawks, 2 Rosy Minors, 3 Spectacles, 7 Rustics and 2 Nutmegs.

Above, Treble Bar and Narrow-winged Pug

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Norfolk 3.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (all males) near Horsey in area with no general access this morning
Norfolk 38+Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 4.Common Cranes flew over Welney WWT
Norfolk released White-tailed Eagle juv flew south over Nar Valley Fisheries at c1.10pm [from Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme]
Norfolk Wood Sand just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance on east pool +Great White Egret 4.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB off main boardwalk
Norfolk 3.Great White Egrets Hockwold Washes
Norfolk Spoonbill y'day Holme Dunes flew west at 7.53pm