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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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