Nature Reserve Experience - A Unique View of Amazing Habitats

Posted: September 18th 2019

by Will Clennell, Learning and Engagement Coordinator

No two visits to the Holkham National Nature Reserve are ever the same and this year, visitors have had the unique opportunity to partake in a number of personal, guided tours visiting parts of the nature reserve from Burnham Overy Staithe through to Stiffkey, including many areas closed to the public. In this blog, our knowledgable guide, Will, talks you through a recent Nature Reserve Experience Day.

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Bringing Birds to the People

Posted: June 19th 2019

by Andy Bloomfield, NNR Warden

With the inspiring focal point for interpretation and refreshments that we now have in the Lookout, it is worth talking about some of the recent wildlife sightings that have been viewed from there. Nestled beside the old sea wall close to the beach entrance at Lady Anne’s Drive, the building allows a vista of the grazing marshes as well as sightings of birds on the reed fringed lagoon just outside the window.

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The Big Farmland Bird Count

Posted: April 21st 2019

by Andrew Bloomfield

This February the estate became involved with the National Farmer’s Union’s Big Farmland Bird Count, a nationwide initiative (open to all farmers and landowners) to assess the number of farmland birds using given areas in any one week during the month. The bird count proved not only fun for those undertaking the counts but also helped us to work out how good some areas were for attracting large numbers of birds and how other areas were very impoverished.

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Managing reedbed at Holkham National Nature Reserve

Posted: April 09th 2019

by Paul Eele

Find out about the importance of managing the reedbeds on the National Nature Reserve.

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Posted: March 07th 2019

by Jonathan Holt

Seals are a common sight on the coast of Norfolk but what happens when they get into difficulty on Holkham Beach? Find out what happened to a young seal called Twerk that washed ashore last year.

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Cries of the Laughing Goose

Posted: January 27th 2019

by Andrew Bloomfield

Of all our winter wildfowl that descend here every year it is the White-fronted Goose that traditionally attracts most attention from visiting birdwatchers. This smaller relative of the common feral Greylag Goose appears annually in Norfolk at only a handful of regular sites and the marshes of Holkham have long been famed for attracting a flock.

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Travellers from the North

Posted: January 11th 2019

by Andrew Bloomfield

The late autumn and early part of the winter has been mild and dry at Holkham which has consequently meant that numbers of wintering ducks on the marshes have been quite low. There has however been much interest from visiting birdwatchers due to three special species of songbird which have arrived on the reserve in recent weeks. They all have one thing very much in common; they all come from extremely cold breeding grounds in the northern extremities of the World. The most popular attraction for visitors and locals alike has been the appearance of a group of Shore Larks on the beach and developing saltmarsh between Holkham and Wells.

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Floristry Students Help Put HO HO HO into Holkham Hall

Posted: November 15th 2018

by John Nice, Easton and Otley College.

A group of floristry learners from Easton and Otley College have joined us in decorating Holkham Hall ahead of a series of festive events that will take place throughout December, including our Candlelight Tours of the hall. Read what they have to say about their time at Holkham.

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