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.

Tuesday 28th November 2017

An early morning sea watch produced two Slavonian Grebes, three Red-throated Divers and four Kittiwakes. A flock of around 300 Golden plover were on the grazing marsh and at least two Stonechats were along the East Bank. A Shorelark was on the beach behind the golf course and 14 Snow Buntings were on the beach at the mouth of Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERTFor all this news in the field as it happens, subscribe to Rare Bird Alert for as little as 14p per day
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley still at start of Beach Road east of sea wall at 1.21pm with Dark-bellied Brent Geese
Norfolk 32.Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren in pines between car park +railway crossing at 12.50pm then flew west cTL.822.874
Norfolk Shorelark Holme at midday (+Snow Bunting Twite). Take path thru golf course towards beach then turn left behind dunes
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits y'day Rockland Broad
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w flew west past Sheringham +5.Bonxies Purple Sand
Norfolk c30.Parrot Crossbills still NE of Santon Downham at Santon Warren at St.Helen's Picnic Site 400yds west of car park cTL.822.874