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-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.

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 22nd December 2018

On the sea today 60+ Eiders, 22 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 9 Fulmars, 6 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Guillemots were noted. A Barn Owl was hunting near Thornham Harbour in the afternoon and 3 Ruff were on the NWT marshes.

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 Bittern Norwich at Whitlingham Ctry Park
Norfolk no sign of any Taiga Bean Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB/ Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk 12.Velvet Scoters Cley off coastguards at 2pm
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Heigham Holmes at 12.10pm +45.Russian White-fronted Geese 9.Common Cranes
Norfolk Great White Egret Colney GPs still left roost at 7.30am
Norfolk c90.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Titchwell RSPB on beach at 9.20am
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT still
Norfolk 75+Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Smew redhead still just NW of Filby on Ormesby Little Broad then flew towards Filby Broad +no sign since
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Heigham Holmes at 7.50am +2.Common Cranes. Otter Martham Ferry in boatyard cut
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Heigham Holmes at 7.50am +2.Common Cranes. Otter Martham Ferry in boatyard cut