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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 13th September 2020

A very breezy but sunny day. A Great White Egret and a Red Kite were seen during the day, and on the grazing marsh 2+ Whimbrel, 2 Avocets, 35+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank and 4 Snipe were noted.

The moth trap contained a Dewick's Plusia, 2 Willow Beauties, an Archer's Dart, 7 Large Yellow Underwings, an Angle Shades, a Fern, 5 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, 8 Square-spot Rustics, 2 Flounced Rustics, 2 White-line Darts, 5 Lunar Underwings, a Double-striped Pug, Snout and a Humming-bird Hawk Moth.

Dewick's Plusia Moth

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Black-throated Diver ad flew east past Weybourne Camp 6.45-9.15am +Spotted Redshank flew west
Norfolk 5.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT from Main Observatory +4.Great White Egrets 4.Common Cranes
Norfolk Glossy Ibis still mid a'noon Burnham Overy at north end of saltmarsh then flew east +appeared to land in fields towards Holkham Pines
Norfolk Glossy Ibis Burnham Overy at north end of saltmarsh
Norfolk Pied Fly Great Yarmouth Cemetery in NE corner of South Section
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still 12.20pm Dickleburgh Moor NR (+3.Spotted Redshanks still) TM.173.831
Norfolk Lapland Bunting West Runton off Water Lane in eastern cattle field late morning
Norfolk Great White Egret Cley NWT still on South Pool from visitor centre
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands Breydon Water at NE end
Norfolk Great White Egret Ranworth at Malthouse Broad
Norfolk 9.Cattle Egrets still Burnham Overy +2.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Pec Sand juv still Dickleburgh Moor NR at 7.43am (+3.Spotted Redshanks still)