• Titchwell sightings - a July summary

    It has been a while since we have updated you on what has been seen at Titchwell, so here is a roundup of July.

    Car park / visitor centre / east trail

    At the start of July a crossbill flew west over the reserve and 3 coal tits were on the feeders. A couple of green woodpeckers have been heard around the willow wood area on a regular basis and a great spotted woodpecker is around the visitor centre.

    Whitethroats and lesser…

    • 4 Aug 2022
  • Plovers in Peril: A summer of plovers!

    Summer holidays are finally here! That means more time with family and friends and long days at our favourite beach splashing about in the sea, getting sand between our toes and finding new places to explore! But did you know - we aren’t the only ones exploring on our shores? There are some very tiny explorers on our beaches and if we don’t look out for them, we might not even notice they are there!

    Beach…

    • 27 Jul 2022
  • Plovers in Peril: An update following the devastating coastal park fires at Wild Ken Hill

    People are often surprised to learn that ringed plover and oystercatcher nest on the beach and not in the vegetation of the dunes and scrub behind. At times like these we are incredibly grateful that they do as the nests for these birds were just out of reach of the flames from Tuesdays fires that tore through the coastal park at Wild Ken Hill – unlike some of the other wildlife that sadly we will have lost.

    Our…

    • 21 Jul 2022
  • Recent sightings - 23/6/2022

    There has been plenty on offer at Titchwell over the past couple of weeks from firsts and seconds for the reserves and the continuing baby boom.

    Reedbed

    The star bird in the reebed has been the bitterns, with the female putting on a quite a show this week. It has been watched by many visitors, volunteers and staff fishing in the pools that adjacent to the west bank path. Now is the time to visit if you would like good views…

    • 23 Jun 2022
  • Baby boom at Titchwell

    There is still a couple of months to go, but, Titchwell is on course for it's best breeding season in 10 years! This is a direct result of the LIFE on the Edge Freshwater Habitats Project that we were delivering during the autumn of 2021. 

    Reedbed

    We are delighted to report that in the reedbed we appear to have a nesting bittern! These secretive birds can be a challenge to survey but in recent weeks we are seeing lots…

    • 16 Jun 2022
  • Plovers in Peril: Chicks are hatching on our beaches - help us look out for them!

    An exciting update from Plovers in Peril project officers Wynona and Ben...

    Phew! It has been a busy few weeks for the Plovers in Peril team! While the nation was fully embracing that super long jubilee weekend as a chance for some well-deserved rest and to enjoy some Norfolk sunshine, our staff and volunteers from the local community were out on the beach giving beach nesting birds like ringed plover and oystercatcher…

    • 15 Jun 2022
  • World Environment Day 2022

    I doubt that anyone in the country was unaware of the nation’s recognition of Her Majesty’s 70-year reign. Four days of parades, concerts, street gatherings and tea parties would have been hard to miss. But amid all the Jubilee celebrations we might have overlooked another important event that deserved our attention and reverence, World Environment Day. Sunday June 5 marked the occasion for world leaders to review their…

    • 7 Jun 2022
  • Plovers in Peril: Happy National Volunteers' Week!

    This week is National Volunteers' Week and we want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all those who have given their time to helping beach nesting birds!

    Plovers in Peril – an RSPB project in partnership with Wild Ken Hill and funded by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk first launched in March 2021, taking a vital step to halt the worrying declines in the number of breeding ringed plover and oystercatcher…

    • 1 Jun 2022
  • Titchwell Recent sightings - 1 June 2022

     This week at Titchwell the avocet chick explosion continues, black headed gull chicks appear and an escaped Harris Hawk has taken up residence around the visitor centre.

     Reedbed / east trail

    Three great white egrets are a daily occurrence unlike the bitterns which remain scarce though one was seen regularly on Wednesday 1 June.

     Bearded tits are fledging their first broods of the year but continue to be not that easy…

    • 1 Jun 2022
  • Titchwell recent sightings - 26 May 2022

    Eyes to the skies for this week’s sightings round up.

    Reedbed & East Trail

    In the reedbed a minimum of three great white egrets continues to be present, some are displaying the yellow bill which is their non-breeding plumage whilst at least one has the black bill and reddish tibia, which arises during courtship.

    Some of our visitors have seen and / or heard the boom of the bittern. It is booming very softly…

    • 26 May 2022
  • Titchwell Recent Sightings - 19 May 2022

    This week at Titchwell we welcomed the first avocet chicks into the world and completed our monthly WeBS count.

    Car Park, visitor centre & woodland

    On Saturday 14 May a Turtle dove was heard briefly in the car park but has not been heard since. A Spotted flycatcher arrived on Sunday 15 May which increased to two birds on Tuesday 17 May. They were often seen at the top of the trees, so do keep looking up.

    Also, on…

    • 19 May 2022
  • Titchwell Recent Sightings - 12 May 2022

    This week we saw the arrival of our first turtle dove of 2022, which brought the reserve year list up to an incredible 188 species! 

    Car Park / visitor centre / woodland

    The highlight for many on Sunday 8 May was a white-tailed eagle, that flew over the visitor centre. The white-tailed eagle is known as G801 a 2-year-old bird that is part of the Isle of Wight reintroduction programme. The bird was tracked along the coast…

    • 12 May 2022
  • Titchwell Recent Sightings - 5 May 2022

    It has been a steady week for bird sightings with many of our breeders busy on nests or feeding youngsters. 

    Car park / Visitor Centre / Woodland

    Blackcaps continue to dominate the woodland soundscape along with the odd chiffchaff and willow warbler.

    A newly fledged flock of long-tailed tits was spotted this week and many of the nest boxes are home to breeding blue tits.

    Long-tailed tit, Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

    • 5 May 2022
  • Plovers in Peril: From small beginnings, come great things.

    A Plovers in Peril project update from Wynona & Ben...

    We are super excited to share news that the first ringed plover nests of the season have appeared on the beaches at Heacham South and Snettisham, a special strip of coast home to declining numbers of breeding ringed plover and oystercatcher during the summer months.

    The first ringed plover nest was found earlier this week by our wonderful volunteers who spend…

    • 28 Apr 2022
  • Titchwell Recent Sightings - 21 April 2022

    This week we completed our monthly Wetland Bird Survey across the reserve and we have seen more migrants drop onto the reserve.

    Car Park, Visitor Centre & Woodlands

    Around the woodland areas, the blackcaps and chiffchaffs continue their song.

    On Monday 18 April Lesser whitethroats were heard singing on the east trail where a grasshopper warbler can also be heard.

    Red kites, merlin, kestrel, sparrowhawk and buzzar…

    • 21 Apr 2022
  • Titchwell Recent Sightings - 14 April 2022

    With a change in the wind direction to the south there was a flurry of spring migrants arriving at the beginning of the week.

    Car Park / Visitor Centre / Woodlands

    Blackcaps are dominating the spring chorus but were joined by the arrival of several Willow warblers at the beginning of the week who are passing through the reserve as they continue with their migration.

    The highlight of Tuesday 12 April was the arrival…

    • 14 Apr 2022
  • Easter fun for families - first week round up

    Rain won’t stop play

    Despite the threat of bad weather and occasional downfall of hail stones, we’ve had a cracking start to the Easter holidays. So far this week families have dipped and dunked in the dragonfly pond, set off on adventures to find mini-beasts, charmed worms, followed the story of Marsha our marsh harrier and released moths, beetles and bugs into the wilds of Titchwell. Phew! Is there anything left…

    • 8 Apr 2022
  • Titchwell Recent sightings - March 2022

    March, the month of change at Titchwell as we say goodbye to our winter visitors and we start welcoming the arrival of the summer migrants.

    Car Park / Visitor Centre / Woodlands

     A highlight for many of us in March has been watching the large flock of Bramblings moult into the fine breeding plumage and listening to them singing in the morning. Many have now departed back to their breeding grounds in Scandinavia, but a…

    • 7 Apr 2022
  • Plovers in Peril: Working together to give beach nesting birds a future

    An update from Wynona and Ben, our Plovers in Peril Project Team.

    On a rather blustery Tuesday morning, the Plovers in Peril team at RSPB Snettisham beach were excited to be joined by a few of our Norfolk coast neighbours to speak out about beach nesting birds and to share an important message to visitors.  

    In a bid to slow the worrying declines in three beach nesting bird species across the Norfolk coast, conservation…

    • 6 Apr 2022
  • Walking back to happiness

    I never made it onto the athletics team at school.  I couldn’t master the high jump, hurdles terrified me, and running at speed was not for me. Age hasn’t changed my preference and I still opt for a ramble over a sprint when it comes to taking a spot of outdoor exercise.

    The benefits of ‘soft exercise’

    Walking is a ‘soft exercise’ that can help us savour the world around us and reconnect with nature…

    • 5 Apr 2022
  • If you have time to spare, then you have nothing to lose! - Volunteering, a beach ranger's perspective by Wynona Legg (plovers in peril project officer)

    Our beach ranger volunteers are nothing short of extraordinary. Working across our sites through the year to inspire others and provide much needed protection to vulnerable beach nesting birds clinging on in our shared spaces.

    Each volunteer has a story of their own and an individual journey that has led them to join our team, but they share one thing in common – they are all local people, stirred to take action for the…

    • 23 Mar 2022
  • Plovers in Peril - Beach Nesting Birds are Go!

    An update from Wynona our ringed plover project officer.

    A new season is here for the birds that breed on our beaches!

    As the weather warms in Norfolk, many of us start to think about summer and those much-needed escapes to the sandy shores of the Norfolk’s coast! Only thing is, we aren’t the only ones making important plans for the season ahead.

    The beaches at Snettisham, Heacham and Titchwell are home to…

    • 16 Mar 2022
  • Plovers in Peril: A warm welcome from Ben – our new Seasonal Field Officer

    Hello all!

    As I sit writing this post, with a view over the rippling marram grass and colourful mosaic of shingle at Snettisham beach, the atmosphere is full of hope and promise as the world wakes up from the cold days of winter. There is a calmness in the early spring sunshine, but in a few short weeks this same scene will be bursting with energy and drama as the creatures that call this place home rush to raise their…

    • 9 Mar 2022
  • Treat your mum to a gift inspired by nature this Mother's Day

    Handing it to nature

    Over the last year or so I’ve definitely noticed that my hands feel a lot drier than they used to.  Like most people I seem to be washing mine a lot more, and and over time chemically based hand wash has literally stripped my skin of natural oils leaving it dry and sore.

    Swapping my usual product to one that has been made without harmful ingredients will help restore some of those lost lipids…

    • 5 Mar 2022
  • Volunteers needed to protect beach nesting birds in Norfolk

    We are looking for volunteer beach rangers to help protect, monitor and spread the word about vulnerable beach nesting birds which breed on the sand and shingle beaches between Snettisham and Heacham in Norfolk.

    Can you spare a few hours a week? Local beach nesting birds need your help!

    Beach nesting birds like ringed plover and oystercatcher are struggling to find safe places to raise their families on the Norfolk coast…

    • 21 Feb 2022