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.

Friday 1st February 2019

A Spotted Redshank and 14 Twite were in Thornham Harbour.

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 108+Russian White-fronted Geese 1ml ESE of Potter Heigham at Potter Heigham Marshes early a'noon +13.Common Cranes. Use c'pk at Lathams (£8.50 per day) +take track ENE 1ml NR29 5JE TG.436.195
Norfolk Hen Harrier ad.male Stiffkey still near car park at 2.03pm
Norfolk 2.Mealy Redpolls Sculthorpe Moor NR at feeders at Portakabins at 1.25pm
Norfolk Water Pipit Titchwell RSPB still on freshmarsh at 2.11pm
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still 2.05pm at feeders at Portakabins
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Waxham still 1.30pm in field west of road just south of village sign
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Thetford again on SW side off London Road at Burrell Way at recycling centre early a'noon
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Upton Marshes NWT
Norfolk Glaucous Gull juv Cley NWT still flew west over East Bank (+10.Snow Buntings. 4.Russian White-fronted Geese (2.ads +2.1w) flew east over Old Woman's Lane)
Norfolk 6.Russian White-fronted Geese Horsey flew south past Horsey Mill
Norfolk 6.Tundra Bean Geese Waxham in field by road near Waxham Barn
Norfolk 3.Caspian Gulls (3w 2w 1w) on Monday Cley
Norfolk Hen Harrier male y'day Blakeney Freshmarsh on saltmarsh west of New Cut
Norfolk Long-tailed Duck fem Barton Broad still tho distant +5.Scaup (2.drks)
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike north of Santon Downham still at Santon Warren south of railway +north of River Little Ouse at 10.43am
Norfolk 14.Twite Thornham Harbour still 10.21am +Spotted Redshank still
Norfolk Mealy Redpoll Sculthorpe Moor NR still at feeders at Portakabins at 10.35am
Norfolk Smew redhead Snettisham RSPB still on 2nd pit at 8.09am
Norfolk Rough-legged Buzzard y'day Ringstead flew east south of Burnham Road at 4.30pm