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.


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.

Monday 17th December 2018

A Barn Owl was hunting near the east end of Holme Village, and a Peregrine shot through Thornham Harbour early afternoon. A single Snow Bunting was on the beach, 2 Cetti's Warblers could be heard around the Broadwater and 3 Stonechats (2 in the dunes and 1 on the east bank) were recorded.

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 18.Shorelarks Holkham Bay still (+50.Snow Buntings)
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Haddiscoe Island at 11.30am +3.Short-eared Owls
Norfolk 5.Tundra Bean Geese Welney WWT on main lagoon this morning (+2.White-fronted Geese). Reserve open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £7.90 for non-members. Memberships from £52; concessions £42 PE14 9TN
Norfolk COUES'S ARCTIC REDPOLL still Wells Woods in SW corner of The Dell (+c40.Mealy Redpolls still)
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad from viewing platform at midday
Norfolk Black-necked Grebe still Titchwell RSPB on sea at 11.15am +Slav Grebe still
Norfolk 4+Bewick's Swans 1ml west of Sea Palling still on pool opposite Boundary Farm at 10.50am TG.411.269
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 14.Common Cranes Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs still 7.10am then flew off