A visit to Titchwell in Norfolk

Despite a rather ominous forecast (more fog) we nevertheless headed off to North Norfolk yesterday. As it turned out there was no fog to be found on the two hour drive from Northamptonshire or on the Norfolk coast. Here are a few photos of the RSPB’s reserve at Titchwell along with some of its birds. If you have never been to Titchwell it is well worth a visit – a combination of reedbeds, marshes and wetland scrapes. The birds seem very used to people and as a result you get good views of lots of birds close up.

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Across the reedbeds

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These are the new Parrinder Hides which I haven’t seen before. They are built on a new sea wall which protects the freshwater habitats from the saline ones. The work was completed in 2010/11 as part of the RSPB’s work to protect the reserve from sea-level rise and climate change. I’m glad to say the hides and the sea wall appear to have survived the 2013 Norfolk coastal surge event.

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A teal

shoveler
A shoveler

shelduck
A pair of shelduck

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A redshank

grey-plover
A grey plover

dunlin
A dunlin

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A black-tailed godwit

titchwell-beachWe finally got down to the beach for a bit of sea watching – it was mighty cold and windy down on the beach – my experience of sea watching everywhere.  We didn’t go down to the shore as there were a lot of waders feeding there. However some did and frightened them away  – poor bird craft ….

long-tailed-ducksAs a result the birds were a long way away – we were however treated to views of a number of very smart long-tailed ducks (record short above), common and velvet scoters and some red-breasted mergansers.

brambling
When the cold became too much we retreated – back at the visitor centre where we were saw a pair of brambling on the feeders there – I haven’t seen a brambling for years! Bird of the day for me.

Titchwell is a top 10 UK nature reserve and is well managed – plan a visit you won’t be disappointed. We didn’t see any bitterns or bearded tits but we saw several marsh harriers and heard a Cetti’s warbler – magic place.

6 thoughts on “A visit to Titchwell in Norfolk

  1. HNY. Used to get Bramblings in my Northamptonshire garden in the last weeks of February/first weeks of March every year, for three weeks. I think they took off up the canal (Leicester Arm of the Grand Union) for the summer afterwards. I’ve never seen a Shore Lark, though.

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