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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 Sunday 2nd August 2020

On the sea today 17 Common Scoters, 2 Fulmars, 3 Gannets, 2 Little Terns, 133 Sandwich Terns, 10 Common Terns and 4 Little Gulls were recorded. A total of 61 Black-tailed Godwits were seen on the beach and in Thornham Harbour, and 6 Whimbrel flew over calling, with a Med Gull also of interest. Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen in the village. Four Stonechats were along the sea wall to Thornham and a Great White Egret flew over the grazing marsh.

Another very good selection of moths included 2 Least Carpet, 2 Oak Eggar, 9 Yellow Tail, 4 Pine Hawks, 16 Scarce Footmen, 4 Common Footmen, 2 Dusky Sallows, 6 Ruby Tigers, 4 Rosy Footmen, 2 Clay, 4 Marbled Clover, 8 Cloaked Minor, 16 Drinker, 2 Small Waved Umber, 17 Rustic, 3 Dingy Footmen, a Lime-speck Pug, a Crescent Striped, 4 Archer's Darts, an Early Thorn, 5 Straw Underwings, a Small Scallop, 3 Flounced Rustic, Lyme Grass, Fen Wainscot, 3 Straw Dot, a Pebble Hook-tip, a Pale Prominent, 2 Garden Tiger, 2 Small Fan-footed Waves, a Coast Dart, Lychnis, Silver Y, 2 Tree-lichen Beauties, 2 Turnips and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth.

Butterflies today included Brown Argus, Small Heath and another brief appearance by yesterday's Silver-washed Fritillary.

Below: Another superb Tree-lichen Beauty

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Norfolk 8+Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (all males)Thompson Common still late morning
Norfolk Little Gull 1s Cley NWT on Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 10.Spoonbills Titchwell RSPB still
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Spoonbill juv Cley NWT still at Arnold's Marsh
Norfolk 8.Common Cranes Welney WWT
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle Roydon Common NWT
Norfolk Little Gull ad flew west past Beeston Regis at 7.30am