• Recent sightings -11/10/2020


    It has been a steady week for sightings on the reserve but it is certainly starting to feel more autumnal out there.

    Small flocks of siskins, lesser redpolls and bramblings have been passing overhead this week with some dropping into the trees around the visitor centre. Great spotted woodpecker and jays have been regularly heard and a tawny owl was reported on Saturday.

    A walk around the boardwalk and you are certain…

    • 11 Oct 2020
  • Reserves Team update - 9/10/2020


    Welcome to this week’s reserve team roundup which has felt incredibly busy.

    On Saturday and Sunday Hayley, Lucy, Nic and myself spent some time at Snettisham monitoring visitor numbers, cars and hide capacity during another series of high tides. On Sunday the light was incredible and huge number of knot were just dazzling in the sun. It was truly special. 

    We welcomed Jim back from his two weeks holiday in…

    • 9 Oct 2020
  • Reserve team update - 3/10/2020

    Hello and welcome to another weekly round up from the reserve team.

    Monday started with Hayley and I at our Snettisham reserve to complete a number of jobs. As mentioned in a previous blog we use a herbicide to help remove some of the vegetation on the roost bank to ensure it remains free of vegetation for the knot to roost on. There was a small amount that I missed so I finished this off plus I sprayed a small area in…

    • 5 Oct 2020
  • Recent sightings - 28/9/2020


    Welcome to the latest sightings roundup from RSPB Titchwell.

    On Friday like much of the east coast we were battered with gale forced northerly winds and torrential rain. This resulted in the water levels rising dramatically across the reedbed and Freshmarsh, despite the outlet pipes being wide open. Nonetheless when the rain stopped, and the wind dropped over 80 species were recorded on Sunday.

    The wind dropped…

    • 29 Sep 2020
  • Reserve Team update - 26/9/2020

    Welcome to this week’s reserve team round up.

    I am back from a sunny week walking in the Lake District passing Jim in the night as he headed off to Scotland for two weeks of mountains.

    Monday I was straight back into the place with our monthly WeBS count assisted by Hayley and volunteer Chris. It was a beautiful sunny day, but this can make counting Freshmarsh challenging with many of the birds in silhouette. Following…

    • 26 Sep 2020
  • Recent sightings - 24/9/2020


    Here is this weeks summary of what has been sighted at Titchwell.

    Monday, was the monthly Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) which was completed on a beautiful calm and sunny day though this can make counting Freshmarsh challenging as many birds are in silhouette. Below is a summary of the count which is about normal for this time of year at Titchwell:

    12 avocet, 302 bar-tailed godwit, 294 black-tailed godwit, 4 dunlin

    • 24 Sep 2020
  • Recent sightings - 19/09/2020

    Hello there,

    Here are the sightings from this week at RSPB Titchwell Marsh, kindly compiled by some of our regular visitors:

    Tuesday, 15 September started off very foggy and reports of 33 snipe, two grey wagtail, 29 siskin, a green sandpiper and mistle thrush all heading west. A spotted redshank was spotted on the freshmarsh and a great white egret in the reedbed pools. The highlight was the little bunting seen at Thornham…

    • 19 Sep 2020
  • Behind the Scenes - a reserve team update - 18/09/2020

    Hello and welcome to another instalment of our reserve team update where we try to give you a flavour of some of the work we do to manage our North West Norfolk reserves.

    Our Warden, Lizzie, who usually brings you these updates has taken some well deserved holiday this week. So it's an update from me.

    On Monday our Visitor Operations Manager, Lucy, held the fort at Titchwell while Jim and I spent another long day at Snettisham…

    • 18 Sep 2020
  • Recent Sightings - Snettisham and Titchwell -14/09/2020

    Hello there!

    With our Warden, Lizzie, away I've taken the reins for this week's sightings. 


    Starting around the coast at RSPB Snettisham. If Titchwell is the RSPB's North West Norfolk crown, then surely Snettisham is the jewel in that crown?

    On a small incoming tide the mud flats at Snettisham gave us: 2,520 oystercatchers, 206 golden plover, 203 curlew, 140 grey plover, 15 ringed plover, 13 bar-tailed…

    • 12 Sep 2020
  • Reserve Team update 11/9/2020

    Hello and welcome to this week’s reserve team round up. First up we welcome Hayley back from her well-earned two-week holiday.

    For those of you who follow us on Twitter and Facebook you may have noticed that we will be virtually opening Knots Landing at RSPB Snettisham on Thursday 17th September. This has been a complex project but has resulted in a storm-resistant hide to enable you to watch the incredible wader…

    • 11 Sep 2020
  • Recent sightings - 11/9/2020

    Welcome to another sightings roundup from Titchwell

    We shall begin with the willow scrub encompassing the car parks and fen trail towards the tank road. This week they have been full of blackcaps munching on the elderberries plus chiffchaffs, whitethroats and the odd lesser whitethroat and reed warbler.  Green woodpeckers and great spotted woodpeckers are often heard before they are seen and one lucky visitor recorded…

    • 11 Sep 2020
  • Recent sightings 7/9/2020


    We will kick off this week’s sightings instalment with the star bird of last week; the wryneck.  This bird was found by one of our visitors on Tuesday afternoon feeding on the tank road where it remained until Thursday. Surprisingly we have had less than 10 records of wrynecks for the reserve.

    Wryneck, Les Bunyan

    Thornham grazing marsh continued to hold a couple of whinchats and stonechats. And a scan across…

    • 7 Sep 2020
  • Reserve team update 5/9/2020


    Welcome to this weeks round up from the North Norfolk Reserve Team.

    Last weekend was my turn to be Duty Manager, this role is rotated between Hayley, Jim, Lucy and myself resulting in one of us working one weekend a month. We act as first aid cover and supporting the visitor operations team. Normally this role also provides me time to catch up with office work. On Friday and Saturday, the Norfolk coast was subjected…

    • 5 Sep 2020
  • Beach Nesting Birds - A reflection

    This year has been one of the most emotionally draining seasons I have been part of.   

    For us the season began last winter when we secured funding from the Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Habitat and Monitoring Mitigation Fund to enhance our beach cordons and to revamp our signage at both Snettisham and Titchwell. As part of the project I spent time in late winter developing a monitoring programme of people’s behaviour when…

    • 2 Sep 2020
  • Recent sightings - 31/08/2020


    Welcome to the latest instalment of what has been sighted at Titchwell over the past couple of days. This weekend with strong northerly winds forecast a spot of sea watching was on the cards.


    Totals for the day were 26 great skua, 5 arctic skua, 1 long tailed skua and a steady stream of gannets, fulmars, common terns, sandwich terns and kittiwakes all heading west.


    Between 6am – 9am another sea watch…

    • 31 Aug 2020
  • Reserve News - 28/8/2020


    And welcome to another weekly round up from the North West Norfolk Reserve Team.

    Having worked tirelessly throughout lockdown Hayley our Senior Sites Manager is taking a well-deserved two-week holiday. This leaves Jim and I to carry on with the reserve management across our four reserves.

    The week started with our Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) at Titchwell. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours even if it…

    • 28 Aug 2020
  • Reserve sightings - 27/8/2020


    Welcome to another summary of what has been seen at Titchwell over the past couple of days.

    Car park / visitor centre / fen trail  

    With the elders in berry and the brambles ripening a walk around the car park and the sheltered areas is always worth a visit. This week the bushes have been full of blackcaps including lots of juveniles which is encouraging to see. Flycatching amongst the scrub are numerous chiffchaffs…

    • 28 Aug 2020
  • Reserve sightings - 24/8/2020

    Hello, and welcome to another round of sightings from the weekend.

    Today was our monthly wetland bird count (WeBS) which counts all the non-breeding water birds (waders, ducks, grebes, herons, terns) on the reserve.

    Car Park / Fen Trail / East Trail

    Over the weekend as migrant birds continue to arrive a walk around the car park, fen trail and meadow trail was worthwhile. In amongst the resident birds such as blue tits…

    • 24 Aug 2020
  • Reserve team update - 21/8/2020

    Hello and welcome to your weekly update from the North West Norfolk Team.

    We started the week with a site visit to our second private reserve that we have management responsibilities for. Despite being in my role for 2 ½ years, this was the first time that I had visited the site. This site is a 30-hectare woodland home to marsh tits, silver-washed fritillaries and white admirals. It is a typical mixed british woodland…

    • 21 Aug 2020
  • Recent Sightings - 20/8/2020

    The run of good birds migrating through continues this week, but more of that later.

    The past few days have been characterised by monsoon style downpours causing a big increase in water levels. We are trying to get the water off the Freshmarsh but we are entering a series of spring high tides, which means water leaves the site less quickly.

    Nonetheless there are still plenty of waders across the reserve. On Tuesday there…

    • 20 Aug 2020
  • Recent sightings - 17/8/2020

    The sea fog that rolled in continued to be present all weekend and if it wasn’t so warm you could have been mistaken for it being October!

    The weather conditions did make it prime for lost seabirds and a fall of migrants on the east coast.

    A Friday sea watch produced a long-tailed skua heading west plus 6 Arctic skuas and several gannets.

    On Saturday morning a pied flycatcher was found at Thornham Point in the bushes…

    • 17 Aug 2020
  • Reserve team update 14/8/2020

    Now that we have established safe working practices and reopened two hides and the autumn trail we have started to use some of the extension car park to slightly increase visitor capacity on site, therefore I started the week by strimming some of the encroaching vegetation to better aid parking.

    Following last winters work on the apple trees, there is a great crop of apples. We therefore installed a small sign requesting…

    • 14 Aug 2020
  • Recent Sightings - 13/8/2020

    Welcome to the latest installment of sightings from Titchwell Marsh on what has been an incredibly hot week except for today as the sun has disappeared, and the sea fog rolled in.

    The highlight for many birders has been the red-backed shrike that was found on Monday evening and has remained in the bushes at Thornham Point until Wednesday evening. Despite red-backed shrikes being a fairly common migrant on the Norfolk…

    • 13 Aug 2020
  • Weekend sightings - 10/8/2020


    With the wind switching around to the North East and cloud cover forecasted for Sunday there was an expectation that there would be an arrival of birds to Titchwell. Whilst waders have been migrating back from their breeding grounds since June, August sees the start of autumn migration for passerines.

    Sure enough on Friday morning there was a noticeable arrival of willow warblers and an increase in blackcaps…

    • 10 Aug 2020
  • Reserve team update 07/08/20

    A round up of the reserve team's work this week...

    Ringed plovers

    The week started with some ringed plover monitoring work at both Titchwell and Snettisham beaches. At Titchwell we were pleased to see adults still sitting tight on the three nests on Monday and even more delighted on Wednesday to see one pair had hatched three chicks. We’re keeping a close eye to see if they fledge successfully. Over at Snettisham…

    • 7 Aug 2020