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CORONAVIRUS: The NOA would like to reassure members and supporters that it has taken serious steps to align itself with government restrictions to help with the control of Coronavirus. We have taken the decision to close all our reserves, including Holme Bird Observatory, to visitors and volunteers until further notice. We are truly sorry to have to shut these sites, but in these challenging times we really have no alternative. It is intended that NOA will continue to have a single staff member present at the Observatory on most days, in order to care for the site, and to attend to administrative issues. We also hope to be able to monitor wildlife at the Observatory and to post sightings on our blog. Should any of you living within the Observatory’s recording area see anything of interest, then we’d love to hear from you by phone or email on 01485 525406 and at info@noa.org.uk. We thank you for your understanding and hope that all our members and visitors stay safe and well, until we can restore normal opportunities for enjoying wildlife once again. We are truly grateful for your continued support.

News and Events

Forthcoming Events:

Wild about the Wensum: A stand at Pensthorpe on Sunday 12th May 2019

Norfolk Bird Fair: A stand at Pensthorpe on Saturday 18th May and Sunday 19th May 2019

Holme Bird Observatory Moth Day: Saturday 13th July 2019

Hempton Moth Day: Saturday 20th July 2019

Go Wild at Drove: Saturday 3rd August 2019

Local family wildlife day including moth trapping, at Drove Orchards, Thornham, for more details click here. 

On Saturday 3rd August 2019, the Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association will be teaming up with Drove Orchards for ‘Go Wild at Drove’, celebrating local wildlife and offering visitors the chance to get up close and see the amazing variety of birds, insects and plants at Drove Orchards. The Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association, whose base at Holme Bird Observatory lies just to the north west of Drove Orchards beside the coastal footpath between Thornham and Holme next the Sea, will be on site to bring close encounters with birds, moths, butterflies, and caterpillars. Guided walks around the orchards and around the wildlife-rich areas of the farm will take place during the day, and there will be lots of information and activities available at the big barn. This year will include the chance for visitors to be ‘ringed’ and find out some of the amazing journeys made by migrant birds that have visited Drove in recent years. The event will run between 10am and 4pm, taking place in the big barn just behind the farm shop car parking area. There will be indoor and outdoor displays, activities and goody bags for kids, and fun for all the family.

NOA Annual General Meeting: Saturday 31st August 2019

For NOA members, refreshments to follow.

Other News: Full range of NOA Clothing available at the Observatory; fleeces, sweatshirts, poloshirts, winter hats and baseball caps - please ask at the Observatory or call 01485 525406