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.

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 3rd May 2019

A dull day with fairly persistent rain and low cloud meant limited highlights. Two Yellow Wagtails overhead were the best of it whilst migrants around the reserve included 8 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Common Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs.

A Mediterranean Gull was calling along the Broadwater and 2 Cuckoos were heard throughout the morning.

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 Spoonbill Salthouse flew west over Iron Road
Norfolk Ring Ouzel Burnham Overy Dunes still mid a'noon
Norfolk Great White Egret Salthouse flew over Gramborough Hill at 2.05pm
Norfolk Garganey Welney WWT still +Great White Egret still
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse still 12.37pm at Gramborough Hill then flew towards Meadow Lane +lost to view. View from a sensible distance
Norfolk Purple Heron 1s still Burnham Overy Staithe east of sea wall in field by 1st bend 200yds NE of car park at 11.35am +showing well TF.847.445 PE31 8JF
Norfolk Black Redstart male singing Norwich still at Castle Mall at garden terrace at 11am
Norfolk 3.Spoonbills Salthouse at Gramborough Hill
Norfolk Blue-headed Wagtail on Wednesday Burnham Overy Staithe with cattle by path from layby in a'noon
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Salthouse again at Gramborough Hill at 10.30am then flew towards Meadow Lane +lost to view
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp still 10am flew towards Kelling Water Meadow +appeared to land
Norfolk no sign of Hoopoe Snettisham Coastal Park (but Great White Egret from inner sea bank)
Norfolk Spoonbill Titchwell RSPB still on Tidal Pool
Norfolk 2.Turtle Doves (both males singing) New Buckenham Common NWT at 9.22am
Norfolk GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO 1s Weybourne Camp at 8am-8.30am then flew east to woodland in village