Holme Bird Observatory (Header)

This is a polite reminder to all our members that our subscription rates have increased from 1st January. If you pay by standing order and have not yet done so, please amend your standing order to the new rate. More details can be found here. We are small charity reliant on the generosity of our supporters through membership subscriptions and donations. Why not become a member. For a minimum of £25 you can get all the benefits of being a member of the NOA. Just click the button on the right below. Or, if you would like to support us with a donation, it is very easy to do through our portal at VirginMoneyGiving. Just click the button on the right to go to our dedicated page. Thank you.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – NOA RESERVES TO RE-OPEN FROM MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020

We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming visitors back to Holme Bird Observatory from Monday 13th July 2020, and we are very much looking forward to seeing you once again. Thank you to all our members and visitors for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be aware that we are not yet able to restore full access.

Some restrictions must continue and these are as follows: Hempton Marsh and Walsey Hills reserves will be re-opening to visitors on 13th July, but hides on these reserves will remain closed. At Holme the following hides will remain closed for the time being: Redwell Marsh hide, Car Park hide, Sea-watching hide, Dell hide and Broadwater hide. The Bus-Stop, Dowson and Richardson hides will be accessible to one household at a time, and the viewing platform and seating area outside the cordon will be available as well, with social distancing in place. The Observatory building will also remain closed to visitors, but a member of staff will be able to come out to meet you. We do regret that for now visitors will not be able to empty moth traps with our staff, but we will retain specimens of special interest for visitors to view at a safe distance. We will continue to charge day permit fees.

We are very sorry not to offer a fuller visitor experience just yet, but these measures are for everyone's safety and we do appreciate your understanding. We will continue to review hide closures, and will post any changes on our website.

Thursday 28th January 2016

Highlights today were 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 200 Common Scoters, 5 Red-throated Divers, a Great Crested Grebe and a Guillemot offshore, at least 2 Barn Owls hunting, 4 Stonechats, 3 Rock Pipits, 2 Siskins flying over and 30 Twite in Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Lesser Yellowlegs Breydon Water this a/noon + 3 Spotted Redshank & Short-eared Owl NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk Juvenile Pallid Harrier Flitcham 15:15 1/2ml E/of B1153 off Abbey Road over stubble field N/of Abbey Farm + Ringtail Hen Harrier PE31 6BU TF726266
> Norfolk Spoonbill Burgh Castle Marina flew S/16:30 TG476049
> Norfolk 2 Juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard SSE/of Titchwell at Choseley Drying Barns E/of drying barns just E/of Chalkpit Lane PE31 8PQ TF757420
> Norfolk Great Grey Shrike S/of Mundford at Grime's Graves IP26 5DE TL815900
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Burnham Overy Dunes at Gun Hill on beach late mrng PE31 8JJ TF879455
> Norfolk Serin Downham Market at 12:10 on rough ground off concrete road to sewage works N/of level crossing & E/of railway.Park by Fairfield Road & walk N/for 200yds
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Great Yarmouth at 11:20 on roof at Waterways NR30 1EB TG531078
> Norfolk 5 Common Crane Horsey Mill
> Norfolk 3 Shorelark Thornham Harbour at 09:45 on spit at mouth of river. Walk 500yds E/from Holme NOA Obs to view. View from a sensible distance PE36 6NZ TF737438
> Norfolk Drake Scaup Holkham Park on lake this a/noon NR23 1QE TF950455
> Norfolk Male Hen Harrier Snettisham RSPB at 11:30 + Short-eared Owl TF650328
> Norfolk 2 Long-tailed Duck off Holme NOA + 5 Red-throated Diver, 200 Common Scoter & 30 Twite in Thornham Harbour TF717450
> Norfolk Firecrest Holkham Pines at NW/corner of Salts Hole Pool + 3 Barnacle Goose with Pink-footed Geese from Washington Hide
> Norfolk Hawfinch Lynford Arboretum in paddocks IP26 5HW TL822943
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Waveney Forest from mound
> Norfolk Black-necked Grebe Tottenhill GPs at 12:50, view only from road on S/side. Do not enter wood
> Norfolk Bittern Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park on wader scrape NR21 0LN TF949290
> Norfolk Velvet Scoter off Titchwell RSPB this a/noon PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Adult Eurasian White-fronted Goose Snettisham RSPB at 10:20 on S/pit + Ringtail Hen Harrier TF650328
> Norfolk 28 Twite Thornham Harbour from entrance to path to Holme Dunes NOA TF728441 TF728441
> Norfolk Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Sandringham Park 09:00 at W/end
> Norfolk Red-necked Grebe off Titchwell RSPB at 10:45 PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk 2 Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Black Redstart Sheringham on Esplanade opposite The Burlington Hotel at 10:30 NR26 8BQ TG159435
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Winterton North Dunes by concrete block NR29 4BQ TG496198
> Norfolk 2 Snow Bunting W/of Holkham Gap
> Norfolk Male Golden Pheasant Wolferton Triangle on N/side at 08:20 showing well PE35 6EJ TF672278