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The NWT have successful completed repairs to Broadwater Road and normal access is now reinstated. Many thanks to our members and visitors for their understanding, we do hope that you will find it a better experience coming to visit the Observatory!

*Please be aware that repairs to the coastal footpath at Holme are currently scheduled to begin in early July, and may affect access to the Observatory. We will give further information when received, via the NOA blog and website.’

NEW NOA MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE The NOA is now selling pin badges and mugs for Holme Bird Observatory, available for sale at the Observatory at Holme, at a cost of £5 for pin badges and £10 for mugs. Under a system which is helping Observatories around the UK, these items are supplied by UK Birding Pins at zero cost to the Association and are of excellent quality, intended to help support our work and promote what we do. These items are now in stock, so if you’d like to have your own pin badge or mug then please do ask when you are visiting us at Holme. Any member or web visitor who would like to purchase these items online and receive them by post, can do so by ordering direct at the following links:



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Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 26th May 2022

A movement of 50+ Swifts was noted today, with 2 Cuckoos around the dunes, 3 Little Terns and 22 Sandwich Terns moving at sea, and a Sand Martin, 4 Swallows, 4 House Martins, a Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Stonechats also of interest.

In the moth traps Sharp-angled Peacock, 2 Common Wainscot, 2 Willow Beauty, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, 15 White Ermine, 3 Cinnabar, a Spectacle, 6 Bordered White, a Marbled Minor, Vine's Rustic, 6 Small Square Spot, Mottled Rustic, Swallow Prominent, Fern, 3 Pine Hawk Moths, Knot Grass, 3 Buff Tips, Chinese Character, Pebble Prominent, 2 Yellow Belle, Poplar Hawk, Eyed Hawk, Purple Bar, 4 Treble Lines, Flame Wainscot, 2 Shore Wainscots, Flame Shoulder, 2 Small Waved Umber, Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Small Elephant Hawks, Straw Dot and Rustic Shoulder-knot. Two Privet Hawks were also found on the reserve.

Butterflies counted were 2 Wall Browns, 2 Speckled Woods, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Painted Ladies, Red Admiral, Brown Argus, Small Heath, 3 Common Blue and a Peacock.

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Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT still 3.31pm on Pat's Pool from Teal Hide
Norfolk Death's Head Hawk-moth Cley still 3.23pm in beach car park on pillar at shelter
Norfolk Curlew Sand Cley NWT on Pat's Pool at 3.20pm
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still 3pm Snettisham Coastal Park by main path 1ml NNE of Beach Road 150yds north of kissing gate tho elusive (+2.Little Gulls (both imm)) TF.657.351
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1s Norwich by Waterworks Road at resr at 1.55pm
Norfolk 3.Cattle Egrets Sculthorpe Moor NR from Dragonfly Hide at 1.54pm
Norfolk Little Gull Hickling Broad NWT at 12.18pm
Norfolk Turtle Dove Feltwell at Hythe Road on farm track
Norfolk Golden Oriole fem/1s.male Sculthorpe Moor NR by Golden Path towards Portakabins briefly 12.30pm
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 12.47pm 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh TG.429.220
Norfolk Death's Head Hawk-moth Cley in beach car park on pillar at shelter
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Snettisham Coastal Park still +3.Turtle Doves
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still 10.59am Snettisham Coastal Park by main path 1ml NNE of Beach Road 150yds north of kissing gate +showing well TF.657.351
Norfolk Cattle Egret Holkham Freshmarsh
Norfolk Honey Buzzard 1/3ml ESE of Castle Rising flew west over A149 at Fowler's Plantation at 10.05am TF.672.244
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still Snettisham Coastal Park by main path 1ml NNE of Beach Road 150yds north of kissing gate at 8.30am +showing well TF.657.351
Norfolk BEE-EATER Hickling Broad NWT flew south over Stubb Mill +Rush Hill Scrape at 7.35am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh at 8am