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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:



The NOA benefits directly from all sales both at Holme and online.
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NOA Team

Holme Bird Observatory Tuesday 24th May 2022

On the sea today 520 Common Scoter, 7 Little Terns and 10 Sandwich Terns were counted. A Red Kite drifted over west and 10+ Swifts were feeding over the reserve. 

In the moth traps 2 Angle Shades, 21 White Ermines, 2 Common Wainscots, 7 Green Carpets, a Bordered White, 5 Cinnabars, 4 Buff Tips, 2 Common Marbled Carpets, 6 Small Elephant Hawks, a Chocolate Tip, Pale Prominent, 2 Mottled Rustic, Bordered White, 6 Treble Lines, 2Lyme Grass, a Nutmeg, Marbled Brown, Latticed Heath, 2 Flame Shoulder, Vine's Rustic, Purple Bar, 2 Willow Beauty, Common Pug, Northern Drab, Common Wave, Fern, Poplar Kitten, Straw Dot, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 4 Small Square-spot, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Character, Silky Wainscot, Brown Rustic, Heart & Dart, Burnished Brass, 2 Sand Darts, 3 Eyed Hawk Moths, Muslin, Marbled Minor agg, and a Chinese Character.

Butterflies included Brown Argus, Small Copper, Painted Lady, Wall Brown, Small Heath and Common Blue, with Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Azure and Large Red Damselflies recorded around the pond.

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Norfolk hybrid Hoded Crow x CarrionC row Hickling Broad NWT
Norfolk WHITE-TAILED LAPWING ad still 1.10pm Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at east end of Brendan's Marsh TG.429.220
Norfolk Hooded Crow Hickling Broad NWT from Cadbury Hide at 12.25pm
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 12.37pm 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh from raised platform (+Little Gull) TG.429.220
Norfolk Glossy Ibis flew west over Titchwell RSPB at 12.22pm
Norfolk 4.Little Gulls (all 1s) Titchwell RSPB on Freshmarsh at 10.30am
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 10.40am 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh from near 1st viewing platform TG.429.220
Norfolk WHITE-TAILED LAPWING ad still 8.48am Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at east end of Brendan's Marsh TG.429.220
Norfolk CASPIAN TERN ad Hickling Broad NWT still 8.28am 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh from viewing platform TG.429.220
Norfolk Wood Sand y'day Cley NWT. Spoonbill still from Attenborough Hide
Norfolk GREAT REED WARBLER singing still Snettisham Coastal Park by main path 1ml NNE of Beach Road 200yds north of kissing gate TF.657.351
Norfolk WHITE-TAILED LAPWING ad still Hickling Broad NWT 1/2ml ESE of car park at Brendan's Marsh from footpath to Stubb Mill +ad.CASPIAN TERN still