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 26th May 2016

Highlights today were a visible migration of Brent Geese offshore with 860 recorded in 30 minutes together with 130 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, a single Gannet, 6 Little Terns, 16 Sandwich Terns and 7 Common Terns. Also of note were 3+ Turtle Doves, a Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, and 3 Reed Warblers. The moth catch was moderate with Green Carpet, Cinnabar and White Ermine of note, and 3 Brown Argus around the reserve.

Norfolk News from Birdnet
> Norfolk Possible Male Pallid Harrier West Rudham S/over A148
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Gorleston-on-Sea singing on Cliff Hill just N/of Cliff Hotel early a/noon NR31 6PL TG532036
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Weybourne at 19:30 in pines in c/pk NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Icterine Warbler Reported Weybourne in flight at c/pk NR25 7SR TG111435
> Norfolk Juvenile Glaucous Gull Salthouse W/over Gramborough Hill at 16:55 + Short-eared Owl NR25 7XW TG082443
> Norfolk Female Red-backed Shrike Hemsby at Newport Cottages late mrng NR29 4JG TG506172
> Norfolk 2 Immature Spoonbill Breydon Water NE/over E/end at 09:05 NR31 9QB TG464048
> Norfolk 2 Garganey (1 Female + 1 Drake) Felbrigg Hall NT at 19:45 NR11 8PR
> Norfolk Little Stint Hickling Broad NWT + Curlew Sandpiper NR12 0BW TG429221
> Norfolk 2 Black Tern Pentney GPs till 19:15 then flew E/
> Norfolk 2 Black Tern Pentney GPs at 13:25 + Sanderling on tern island
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl Horsey this mrng NR29 4EP TG477228
> Norfolk Drake Garganey Welney WWT this mrng PE14 9TN TL548946
> Norfolk Little Stint Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Curlew Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
> Norfolk Short-eared Owl W/over Cley NWT at 07:25 NR25 7SA TG049441