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.

Holme Bird Observatory Thursday 30th July 2020

A quiet day bird wise, a single vocal crossbill that flew off south early morning the highlight.
The moth traps on the other hand were very busy with a total of 66 species caught. The catch included Nut-tree Tussock, Rosy Footman, Small Blood-vein, Tree-lichen Beauty(2), Large Emerald, Fen and Silky Wainscot, Small China Mark and Pebble Hook-tip to name just a few.
Large Emerald

Small Blood-vein

Tree-lichen Beauty

Silky Wainscot

Pebble Hook-tip

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 14 per day.
Norfolk Wood Sand Welney WWT at main observatory +Spoonbill 3.Great White Egrets
Norfolk 39.Spoonbills 1ml ENE of Stiffkey still just north of A149 at Stiffkey Fen. Use A149 layby, walk east +take footpath north along west side of River Stiffkey TF.983.437
Norfolk 2.Black Terns reported Cley NWT flew past beach car park
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Welney WWT still
Norfolk Balearic S'water Cley NWT flew east past beach car park at 8.43am
Norfolk Cattle Egret Cley NWT at Arnold's Marsh at 11.05am
Norfolk 4.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (2.males) Thompson Common on 1st muddy pool right of main car park at 10am. On Tuesday male.Southern Migrant Hawker Beeston Common
Norfolk 4.Southern Migrant Hawker dragonflies (2.males) Thompson Common on 1st muddy pool right of main car park at 10am. On Tuesday male.Southern Migrant Hawker Beeston Common
Norfolk 2.Spoonbills Cley NWT on Pat's Pool