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Holme Dunes

Holme Dunes

Holme Dunes NNR is part of the North Norfolk Coast SSSI and is situated where the Wash meets the North Sea. It is owned and managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust and covers 213 ha. The reserve contains many habitat types including beach, sand dunes,mudflats, saltmarsh, grazing marsh, pine shelter belt and freshwater pools.Holme is internationally important
for birds. In spring and summer the shingle ridges on the beach are home to nesting birds such as ringed plover (right) and oystercatcher and little tern , whilst lapwing,redshank, snipe and avocet breed on the grazing marshes.
On the mud flats waders such as grey plover, knot,bar-tailed godwit and sanderling may be present.During autumn large numbers of wildfowl such as wigeon, brent geese and teal begin to arrive.These birds spend the winter feeding on the saltmarshes and grazing marshes and can be viewed from the hides.Barn owl is regular.Without doubt one of THE rarity hotspots in the UK with numerous scarce migrants recorded such as Barred warber (below)

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Barred warbler (Sylvia nisoria),is one of many rarities recorded at Holme.
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