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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Looking Back at a Successful Year in the Walled Garden

Posted: January 09th 2019

by Dene Wood, Head Gardener

2018 was another great year in the Gardens Department, a somewhat snowy spring followed by very challenging summer meant that hosepipes and sprinklers were very much the tool of choice, whilst mowers sat idle more than usual! Head Gardener, Dene Wood looks back at a successful 2018 and talks about big plans for 2019.

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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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Where Have All the Red Deer Gone?

Posted: October 29th 2018

Visitors may have noticed that the Red Deer who have roamed Holkham deer park for over 10 years, are no longer to be seen. Lord Leicester explains the reasons behind the decision to sell the Holkham herd of Red Deer.

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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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Bringing Life Back into the Pinewoods

Posted: September 20th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield, Nature Reserve Warden

One of the major landscape features of the nature reserve is the three mile length of pinewoods stretching from Wells through to Holkham. It has become an iconic land mark along the coast visible from air, land and sea.

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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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An Emergence of Dragons

Posted: July 11th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield

Working on the marshes we encounter many sights and sounds, some that many people never even come close to witnessing. One of the real marvels of nature for me is seeing the abundance and variety of dragon and damsel flies that methodically hunt for smaller insect prey up and down our dykes and around our fresh water pools.

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