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.


The NOA is opening hides on all reserves to members again from 14th September 2020. There are still some restrictions and please be aware that these are: Face coverings will be required in all NOA hides until further notice, unless you are exempt for wearing them. Only 2 people from different households may use any hide at one time. A single household of more than two people is permitted, provided no-one else is using it. We are still not able to admit visitors inside the Observatory centre at present. We regret the inconvenience to all our members and visitors caused by the loss of use of these facilities during the first five months of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please be considerate of the restrictions we have put in place, allowing us to restore access as safely as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday 6th May 2016

Easterlies picked up during the day but migration was not as marked as on Thursday. Highlights were 7 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper along Broadwater, 3 Turtle Doves, 2 Cuckoos, at least 1 Barn Owl, 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroats, 8 Sedge Warblers, 5 Reed Warblers, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Redpolls and 2 Siskins.
Moths included 4 Cinnabars, 2 Muslins, a Pebble Prominent and a Streamer, while butterflies included several Small Coppers, Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood.

 A Streamer moth - Near Hempton, May 2016