Sam Seal's husband Tim proposed to her at RSPB Snettisham in 2015. They love the place so much, they even had pink-footed geese knitted especially for the wedding! Sam explains why RSPB Snettisham is so important to her and husband Tim.

I first visited RSPB Snettisham at dawn on New Year’s Day, 2012. I had read about the pink-footed goose spectacular online, and wanted to check it out as it sounded amazing. It was really exciting heading over there in the dark before dawn, not knowing what to expect. What unfolded was incredible: as the first rays of sunshine broke through the dark sky, thousands of geese started to take to the skies in their ‘v’ formations. I was mesmerised, and have been in love with RSPB Snettisham ever since! I have returned many times since that first visit, seeing the pinkies, the wading bird spectacular, or just to have a calming walk and enjoy the area.

I love the view out over the Wash from RSPB Snettisham, and have always found it quite mysterious. When the tide is out, it reminds me of the surface of the moon! The shapes that are formed by the water are beautiful, and at sunrise and sunset, the pools of water turn pink and it’s a really stunning sight.

 

I find the ruggedness and geography of the reserve really calming and special. I often consider my time there as ‘active relaxation’: I find a calm whilst walking around the reserve that I’ve never really experienced anywhere else.

 

My husband Tim and I will always have a special connection to RSPB Snettisham, as we got engaged there in January 2015. After watching the Pink Footed Goose Spectacular, Tim got down on one knee with a ring and asked me to marry him – it was such a perfect moment!

If you #LoveSnetts as much as Sam and Tim, please help us rebuild #SnettsHide by donating to our crowdfunding appeal at crowdfunder.co.uk/snettishamhide. Sam and Tim are so excited, they've already donated twice! 

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