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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The Reserve in Bloom

Posted: July 04th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield

Most visiting naturalists that come to the reserve seem to be in search of our prolific birdlife yet there is much more to enthuse about and early summer is a great time to search for other wildlife. This year June has seen a riot of colour take over the dunes and in the woods as many plants have emerged and are at their finest.

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A Spring that Has finally sprung

Posted: June 20th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield

After the cold start to the spring, the weather

finally started to warm up in early May before all too quickly it all turned
very autumnal. Well, that was how it seemed as when May came to a close cold
north easterly winds and then days of sea mist set in. It did truly seem like
October on some days! Spring can be a really magical time on the reserve – not
only are most of our resident birds nesting but butterflies and flowers are
emerging and starting to bring welcome splashes of colour to the landscape.

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