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 Tuesday 14th July 2020

A Great White Egret was seen again today and three Crossbills flew over heading East. On the sea 15 Common Scoters, 3 Gannets and an adult Med Gull were noted, as were Sandwich, Common and Little Terns, Sandwich being the commoner, with 112 noted in a 40 minute period during the morning.

The moth traps were busy with 43 species recorded which included two Ruby Tigers, Large Twin-spot Carpet, two Oak Eggars, Latticed Heath, Bird Cherry Ermine, Red-barred Totrix and Pine and Eyed poplar Hawk-moths.

A Humming Bird Hawk-moth was also frequenting the Viper's Bugloss on occasions in front of the Observatory building.

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 Cattle Egret still 2.55pm Hickling Broad NWT +5.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Cattle Egret Hickling Broad NWT at 2.45pm +4.Great White Egrets
Norfolk Turtle Dove Snettisham RSPB still in car park this morning
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly still this a'noon Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide
Norfolk Pec Sand ad still 11.54am Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from visitor centre car park tho distant
Norfolk 7.Spoonbills just east of Wells still at North Point Pools by track north of A149 +1/3ml east of steam railway entrance at 11.21am. Keep to public rights of way +do not enter from railway stn TF.932.431
Norfolk Large Tortoiseshell butterfly still Strumpshaw Fen RSPB in cherry tree by Reception Hide tho elusive
Norfolk 35.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 7.Spoonbills Snettisham RSPB still 9.41am
Norfolk Pec Sand still Cley NWT on Pat's Pool from visitor centre car park at 8.43am