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 Tuesday 8th December 2020

A largely cold and foggy day here at the coast, which some what limited activities. Birds of note today included four Snow Buntings at Gore Point during the early afternoon, at least two Bearded Tits along the Broadwater edge and a Tawny Owl, its roost site revealed by the several vocal and clearly agitated Blackbirds.

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 Iceland Gull juv Weybourne still near dead Sperm Whale this morning
Norfolk 2.escaped Snow Geese (both white morph) Snettisham RSPB in field by car park mid a'noon
Norfolk Hen Harrier ringtail Upton Marshes NWT still this morning
Norfolk 23.Russian White-fronted Geese Buckenham Marshes RSPB still
Norfolk Black Brant ad Cley NWT still from West Bank with Dark-bellied Brent Geese (+ad.Pale-bellied Brent Goose still +32.Russian White-fronted Geese)
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) Winterton still 1.41pm on beach between groynes.56 +59
Norfolk 32.Russian White-fronted Geese Cantley Marshes RSPB
Norfolk reported Red-necked Grebes Wells in harbour channel by lifeboat station are Little Grebes
Norfolk 6.Cattle Egrets Welney WWT still at Lady Fen
Norfolk 2.Velvet Scoters Weybourne still on sea at 11am
Norfolk 2.Red-necked Grebes Wells in harbour channel by lifeboat station at 12.25pm
Norfolk Black Redstart male Winterton by huts at end of beach car park
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks Sheringham on sea at 10.52am. 2.Purple Sands still east of lookout on rocks opposite beach hut.42
Norfolk Red-necked Grebe Wells still in harbour channel by lifeboat station at 12.04pm +showing well
Norfolk 2.Great White Egrets Bowthorpe at Bowthorpe Southern Park
Norfolk Velvet Scoter Holkham Bay on sea at Holkham Gap at 11.24am
Norfolk Great White Egret Buckenham Marshes RSPB
Norfolk Little Stint ad Snettisham RSPB still on The Wash at 10.20am
Norfolk 2.Iceland Gulls (both juvs) Winterton still on beach between groynes.56 +59 at 10.41am
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich at University of East Anglia at UEA Broad
Norfolk 2.Long-tailed Ducks y'day flew NW past Mundesley 7.30-9.30am
Norfolk White-tailed Eagle reported on Sunday Thornham flew east opposite Eric's Fish +Chips at 3.40pm
Norfolk Little Stint 1w y'day Cley NWT still on Simmonds' Scrape