HOLME
Bird Watching|March 2018

Varied habitats and one of the UK’s top observatories

John Miles

Holme brings back many memories, as it was the first bird reserve I ever visited in the 1960s. Three organisations are involved with the area – Natural England with the full SSSI, Norfolk Wildlife Trust NWT) with Holme Dunes, and the Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association (NOA) with the observatory and hides.

The mixed habitats guarantees something of interest all-year round, with a staggering 50,000 birds having been ringed at the observatory and more than 300 species recorded in the area. Watch displaying Avocets, Little Ringed Plover and Redshank around the freshwater in spring, while Ringed Plover and Oystercatchers breed along the beach.

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