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.

COVID Update Monday 17th May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 the NOA is pleased to re-open its reserve hides to single households at a time. We will still be advising the wearing of a face covering when in NOA hides. Your continued understanding and support is very much appreciated.




Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April



Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Saturday 10th June 2017

A Red Kite drifted over Drove Orchards mid morning and 2 Spoonbills flew west past the NWT centre. On the sea 4 Eiders, 8 Common Scoters, a Fulmar, a Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Terns, 31 Sandwich Terns, and 13 Common Terns were counted.

Moths included a Privet and an Elephant Hawk, another Red-necked Footman, and a Lyme Grass.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
For all this news, in the field as it happens, subscribe to Rare Bird Alert for as little as 14p per day
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad till 3.40pm Winterton North Beach at NW end of tern colony viewed from beach then flew out to sea +last observed offshore SE of colony tho distant
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 3.25pm Winterton North Beach at NW end of tern colony viewed from beach
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad still 3.10pm Winterton North Beach +showing well
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly male Ormesby Little Broad still 2.15pm from platform on +off
Norfolk White-winged Black Tern ad again Winterton North Beach by Little Tern colony at 1.30pm
Norfolk Lesser Emperor dragonfly male Ormesby Little Broad still from platform
Norfolk 7.BLACK-WINGED STILTS (2.males fem 4.young) still 10.30am Potter Heigham Marshes +1s.Night Heron flew over at c10.30am (+12.Spoonbills). Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml TG.437.194 NR29 5JE
Norfolk 11.Spoonbills Potter Heigham Marshes still +Garganey. Use car park at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take footpath ENE for 1ml NR29 5JE
Norfolk Honey Buzzard male over Wighton at 10.02am
Norfolk no sign of Quail Horsey
Norfolk 3.Little Gulls Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh
Norfolk Garganey drk Cley NWT still east of East Bank in grass at rear of The Serpentine
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB on freshmarsh at 7.25am +2.Little Gulls