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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Far Eastern Travellers

Posted: November 07th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield

One species we truly associate with late autumn at Holkham is the Yellow-browed Warbler. It is a tiny species, barely 10cm long and weighing anything up to nine grams, slightly larger than our Goldcrest; Europe’s smallest bird. Miraculously for a bird so small it migrates here over a distance of over 3000 miles from nesting grounds in the Siberian taiga forests.

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A Morning of Spooky Spiders

Posted: October 13th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield, Warden

With the October half term holiday and Halloween nearly upon us a series of events for children have been arranged around the estate. One new addition we will be co-hosting with our education team in the new Lookout at Lady Anne’s Drive from 11am until 1pm on Saturday 27th October is an introduction to the world of Holkham’s spiders.

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Holkham Walled Garden Add to Its Ranks

Posted: September 11th 2018

by Dene Wood, Head Gardener

This month we are fortunate enough to be able to add to our ranks. Thanks to a collaboration with the Historical Botanical Gardens Training Programme we were able to offer Martin Griffin a one-year placement at Holkham.

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Watch out for the Birdies

Posted: August 23rd 2018

by Paul Eele, Warden, Holkham NNR

Now a regular sight in the skies over Norfolk, the Marsh Harrier was once incredibly rare bird.

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Treasures and Trophies - An Artist's View

Posted: August 03rd 2018

by David Allsop, Museum Illustrator and Field to Fork Supervisor

This year’s exhibition in Holkham Hall, Treasures & Trophies, follows the footsteps of Thomas Coke on his Grand Tour in the early 18th century. Last winter I was delighted to be asked to create some artistic interpretation for the exhibition and the curators and I came up with many weird and wonderful ideas, some of which came to fruition!

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Holkham's Top Ten Tips for Surviving the Summer Holidays

Posted: July 18th 2018

by Jo Lewis, Marketing Assistant

Yippee, it’s the Summer Holiday…six whole weeks of no school! Not to worry, we have put together ten top tips for surviving the summer holidays!

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