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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 Tuesday 11th August 2020

A Pied Flycatcher remained around the west end of the NOA reserve for much of the day. A Whinchat was reported along the east bank. On the sea today 7 Common Scoters, 5 Gannets, 46 Sandwich Terns and 17 Common Terns were recorded. Two Water Rails were heard near the Broadwater and 20 Golden Plovers, 55 Curlew and 30 Black-tailed Godwits were also noted. Nine Common Sandpipers were flying around the Broadwater and 2 Greenshank flew over calling. A Kingfisher was near Redwell Marsh and a Crossbill was also in the pines.

Moths included 19 Flounced Rustics, 10 Cloaked Minors, 20 Dingy Footmen, 3 Drinkers, 7 Sharp-angled Peacocks, 2 Swallow Prominents, 7 Tree-lichen Beauties, 3 Knot Grass, 6 Small Waved Umber, 2 Willow Beauty, 2 Shaded Broad-bar, Lime-speck Pug, Rosy Wave, Breckland Plume, Lychnis, 2 Garden Darts, a Commo Rustic, 2 White Points, 5 White-line Darts, 22 Diamond-backs, 12 Straw Underwings, a Coast Dart, 9 Archer's Darts, 3 Tawny Barred Angles, 4 Silver Ys, an Ear agg, 4 Garden Tigers, a Clouded Buff, 4 Yellow-tails, a Spectacle, 10 Scarce Footmen, a Gold Spot, 4 Angle-barred Pugs, a Rosy Footman, a Least Carpet, a Pebble Prominent and a Large Yellow Underwing.

Below: Tawny Barred Angle and Clouded Buff




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Norfolk Pied Fly Morston along coast path 300yds west of Morston Quay
Norfolk Little Stint Cley NWT from East Bank +Great White Egret
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Winterton North Dunes
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham Coastal Park this morning
Norfolk 2.Wood Sands just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance this a'noon +6.Garganey 3.Spoonbills. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem still 1pm west of Titchwell RSPB in bushes just east of Thornham Point
Norfolk no news on Red-backed Shrike Thornham Point since 7.50am
Norfolk Great White Egret just east of Wells at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance early a'noon tho distant. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Wood Sand juv just east of Wells still 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 2.Pied Flys between Stiffkey +Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk 2.Pied Flys Weybourne Camp
Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow still late morning
Norfolk Beautiful Marbled moth last night Cley trapped
Norfolk Black Redstart juv Thornham at Ship Lane /Church Street junction mid morning
Norfolk Wood Sand Kelling Water Meadow still
Norfolk Pied Fly Stiffkey along coast path between campsite wood +Stiffkey Fen
Norfolk Curlew Sand juv Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh +Spotted Redshank 12.Spoonbills
Norfolk 4.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Pied Fly Happisburgh in pines by cricket pitch mid morning
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Horsey midway between Horsey Gap +Nelson Head track in dunes opposite post.34 at c7am
Norfolk Pied Fly Burnham Overy Dunes at end of boardwalk
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike fem still 7.50am west of Titchwell RSPB in bushes just east of Thornham Point
Norfolk Great White Egret Titchwell RSPB still +2.Spotted Redshanks
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike still west of Titchwell RSPB in bushes just east of Thornham Point