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 1st September 2020


A beautiful day, sunny and calm. Roger opened the nets early and caught good numbers of Meadow Pipits and a few warblers. I arrived around 9am and after doing my first net run spotted a Greenish Warbler in the sycamore right outside the observatory. Roger had to leave at about 10.30 so I was left to hold down the fort while Sophie was ringing at Drove Orchards. I was only catching one or two birds per round, and this particular round I only caught one bird but it was a Greenish Warbler!! Such a smart little bird, it was a young bird in good condition and a good amount of fat. What a great start to September!!

There was a few other nice migrants around including a Pied Fly, a couple Whinchats, a Redstart and 4 Wheatear.

A Raven was reported flying over mid morning.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERTFor all this news, in the field as it happens, subscribe to Rare Bird Alert for as little as 14p per day

Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still 2.14pm in alder opposite observatory
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still mid a'noon 100yds east of Gun Hill from south side
Norfolk Wryneck Titchwell RSPB on concrete path 50yds from Fen Hide at c2.05pm
Norfolk Osprey Breydon Water this morning
Norfolk Whinchat Felbrigg Hall NT
Norfolk Wood Sand juv Snettisham RSPB briefly this morning
Norfolk Dotterel y'day Choseley flew west near drying barns at c6pm
Norfolk 2+Pied Flys 1.5mls NNE of Wells at East Hills cTF.925.458
Norfolk Wood Warbler Warham Greens along Garden Drove
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still c1pm 100yds east of Gun Hill from south side
Norfolk Wood Sand just E.of Wells still at North Point Pools by track N of A149 +1/3ml E of steam railway entrance. Keep to public rights of way +don't enter from r'way station TF.932.431
Norfolk Cattle Egret Welney WWT still +4.Common Cranes
Norfolk 3.Little Stints Buckenham Marshes RSPB still from windpump
Norfolk 3.Whinchats Gramborough Hill
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA still 11.55am trapped +ringed
Norfolk Purple Heron Ormesby Little Broad again
Norfolk Black Tern juv Titchwell RSPB again on freshmarsh late morning
Norfolk Red-backed Shrike 1w still Waxham in blackthorn c50yds south of Money Lane late morning +showing well cTG.445.259
Norfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still 10.30am at Gun Hill +showing well
Norfolk 2.Wrynecks Burnham Overy Dunes still between boardwalk +Gun Hill. Barred Warbler still c9.30am tho mobile +no sign since
Norfolk Garganey Strumpshaw Fen RSPB still from Tower Hide +Great White Egret
Norfolk GREENISH WARBLER Holme NOA in sycamore near observatory
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Snettisham RSPB over saltmarsh mid morning
Norfolk 9.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Breydon Water
Norfolk Osprey flew south past Snettisham RSPB mid morning
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Hickling Broad NWT on Brendan's Marsh. Pied Fly Stubb Mill
Norfolk 7+Curlew Sands Dickleburgh Moor still
Norfolk 3.Curlew Sands (all juvs) Snettisham RSPB still
Norfolk Whinchat Beeston Bump still
Norfolk 2.Little Stints Snettisham RSPB on pits at high tide +7.Spotted RedshanksNorfolk Barred Warbler Burnham Overy Dunes still just east of Gun Hill at 7.15am
Norfolk Great White Egret y'day Strumpshaw Fen RSPB at 7.25pm then flew off