We love dogs, but we love wildlife too

Posted: March 31st 2021

Each year from around the start of April to the end of August, the Holkham National Nature Reserve comes alive as the breeding season begins for shorebirds. One of the biggest challenges we face is protecting these birds from disturbance from walkers and dogs alike on what is one of the busiest beaches in Norfolk. To help combat this, we’ve implemented a few new restrictions on the beach. We hope you’ll join us in helping to protect these incredible habitats.

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What’s happening at Lady Anne’s Drive? Introducing our latest forestry and biodiversity project

Posted: January 29th 2021

As part of our Wonder journey, work is starting on the avenue of trees at Lady Anne’s Drive in Holkham. Find out what we are doing and why.

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Winter 2020/21 Wildlife at Holkham

Posted: January 28th 2021

by Andy Bloomfield, Senior Warden Holkham NNR

This winter has seen unprecedented rainfall, particularly in December which was the wettest since 2013. This also followed a very wet September and October. When it rains, all eyes usually fall on the grazing marshes of the nature reserve as the landscape is transformed in just a few short hours into a wetland haven. In short, where there is water there are birds. With the high water levels, as well as a number of small tweaks in site management, the Holkham National Nature Reserve has witnessed an impressive and truly cosmopolitan gathering of birds that really did not mind getting their feet wet this winter.

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Cleaning up the Wood Cellar

Posted: January 15th 2021

If you’ve ever been on a cellar tour of Holkham you may have come across our wood cellar. Our hall team has been working hard giving it a good spring clean ready for the year ahead.

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What have fungi ever done to us?

Posted: November 11th 2020

by Will Clennell, Learning and Engagement Officer

Fungi, often referred to as mushrooms and toadstools, seem to have earnt an unfairly negative reputation over the years. Toadstools have a classic image as a toxic seat for an ugly toad, a creature linked, in folklore, to witches and witchcraft. Mushrooms are most commonly thought of as edible fungi, but it would still take a brave soul to actually eat one that was found in the wild. Will seeks to change our perception and open our eyes to the world of fungi on the Holkham National Nature Reserve.

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Bringing Autumn's Nature to People

Posted: October 15th 2020

by Andy Bloomfield, Senior NNR Warden

As the nip in the air and the sound of Pink footed geese start to fill the skies, autumn heralds a shift in wildlife at Holkham. We’ve created some new access routes to the reed fringed scrub on the southern edge of the pinewoods for visitors to experience and enjoy autumn nature at its finest.

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Holkham's Head of Conservation scoops Sir Timothy Colman Award

Posted: October 06th 2020

by Jake Fiennes, Head of Conservation

Holkham’s Head of Conservation, Jake Fiennes, scoops Sir Timothy Colman Award and explains in his own words what it means to him.

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A New Species of Breeding Bird at Holkham

Posted: July 08th 2020

by Andy Bloomfield, NNR Warden

Holkham National Nature Reserve has had another new species added to its growing list of breeding birds, the Cattle Egret, a small, colourful member of the heron family.

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