Posted: September 24th 2021
by Ellie Hunter
We’ve a bounteous calendar of events for you to get involved with at Holkham this autumn. As the leaves begin to change, the temperatures fall and the nights draw in, there’s plenty of joy to be found here. In the first of our ‘O Autumn’ blogs, we’re focusing on this season’s wildlife walks. Stay tuned on our blog to find out what else is going on this season.
Throughout the autumn period, we have a variation of wildlife walks within the park & nature reserve. From beginner wildlife enthusiasts to experts – all are welcome to join! With such a wealth of activities to choose from, we thought we’d share what’s on offer so you can decide which takes your fancy.
Our ‘Safari on Foot’ walks are an all-day guided walk by one of our experts, covering a wide range of habitats within Holkham and Burnham Norton. This walk will cover many types of flora and fauna: from birds and invertebrates, to plants, fungi and trees. If you’re interested in hearing about our land management practices, the history of the NNR, specialist breeding species, dune succession and much more, then this is definitely the walk for you!
The walks will take place on various dates in September, October and November from 8am to 4pm. Outdoor clothing and sensible footwear will be required, and please note that this walk will be extensive & will take place on a range of different terrain. A packed lunch, coffee and car parking is all included in your ticket.
Yellow Browed, Hume’s and Pallas’s Warblers, Shrikes, Wrynecks and Flycatchers are all birds that you can see on this fascinating Bird Migration Walk. Alongside our expert Nature Reserve Guide, you will search for all the weird & wonderful birds that the Holkham National Nature Reserve has to offer. On a lucky day, it has be known to spot Mega-rarities! If you’d like to take advantage of this golden spell of birding, then this wildlife walk is the one for you.
These walks take place on several dates during September & October, lasting from 12noon to 3pm. Included with your ticket is car parking, coffee & cake, however we do suggest bringing water and snacks along with you.
This exclusive, free-of-charge night-time walk around the Nature Reserve is a part of the AONB’s Dark Skies festival which runs from the 25th September. Our expert wildlife guide will kick off this exciting walk as the sun goes down over the marshes, allowing everybody who attends to explore the pinewoods, sand dunes, salt marsh and beach as the night sets in. Being able to witness creatures settling down for the night, as the more nocturnal ones decide to come out, is an amazing sensory experience for all to have. If bats, owls, moths and night-time wildlife piques your interest, then you’re in for a treat with this atmospheric walk.
This walk will take place on Saturday 10th October from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. If you’d like to attend, then please be quick with booking, as our 25th September walk has now been fully booked up. This event is free, but should be booked, and parking charges will apply at Lady Anne’s Drive.
Our education team have organised a guided walk within our deer park, helping those who attend to discover the history of our Fallow Deer herd and take an in-depth look into their characteristics and behaviours. Alongside our Fallow Deer, we have an extensive amount of wildlife residing on Holkham Lake, which will also feature on this exciting walk. An added sneak peek into one of Holkham’s smallest buildings – the Ice House – will add a lot of background history to the wildlife-packed walk. You don’t want to miss out!
The walks take place at 11am and 2pm on both the 7th and 21st October. Binoculars will be provided, however you can bring you own if you’d like. This walk is suitable for children aged seven and above, but due to the nature-aspect of the walk, we cannot allow our doggy friends to tag along.
Tickets are £8 for an adult and £4 for a child. Avoid disappointment by booking here.
This walk is incredibly eerie and bewitching, with swooping Barn Owls and bickering bats, you certainly do not want to miss this one! The chance to hear the haunting call of our Fallow Deer and experience the array of species Holkham is home to in the twilight is truly breath-taking.
These walks will take place on 25th, 26th and 27th October from 4pm to 5.30pm. This walk is suitable for children aged seven or over, and there are plenty of opportunities throughout the time to ask questions for our wildlife expert to answer. Please bring torches with you if possible, and binoculars and cameras if you have them.
Tickets are £8 for an adult and £4 for a child. Don’t miss out!
Join our Nature Reserve Guide to explore our pinewoods and dunes, which are hosts to some spectacular, rare and fascinating fungi. From Tiny Earthstars to Dune Stinkhorns, you’ll learn just quite how many varieties of these Autumnal gems you can find here at Holkham.
There are a couple walks late October and one in early November, taking place at 9am & 1pm on those dates. The tickets include car parking plus coffee and a cake, and the walk is suitable for children aged 12 and over. It lasts for around 3 hours, including a variety of terrains.