• Plovers in Peril: Take a look at me what do you see?

    There is so much talent in the RSPB North West Norfolk family...

    Our gifted Ringed Plover Project Officer, Wynona, spends her days protecting and monitoring ringed plovers, supporting her wonderful team of volunteers, engaging with beach visitors, compiling reports and updates, working with our partners and funders and, if this wasn't already enough, in her spare time, she's written a remarkable piece of poetry.…

    • 21 Jun 2021
  • Coming this Autumn: Freshwater Habitats Project

     RSPB Titchwell Marsh, is home to some of the UK’s most threatened wetland wildlife, including bitterns and avocets. Thanks to funding received from LIFE on The Edge (www.projectlote.life), an exciting project will be delivered at this diverse nature reserve this autumn to improve their fortunes.

    The project aims to transform the freshwater habitats that these scarce birds are reliant upon and to enable visitors…

    • 15 Jun 2021
  • Recent sightings: 5/6/21 - 13/6/2021

    Welcome to the latest recent sightings blog from Titchwell Marsh. After a never-ending winter the summer sun has finally arrived bringing with it an eruption of damselflies and dragonflies and butterflies including wall browns, orange tips and painted ladies.

    Car Park / Visitor Centre

    The usual suspects have been around the car park and visitor centre but a couple of cetti’s warblers and a reed warbler have been…

    • 14 Jun 2021
  • Plovers in Peril: Gratitude for Volunteers

    RSPB’s Plovers in Peril project started officially in March this year, made possible by funding granted from Kings Lynn and West Norfolk borough council. With it being such a new project, we were at the beginning a little unsure of what the take up would be like when looking to recruit volunteers to support us in our work. We needn’t have worried, we’ve had an incredible response from people within the local community…

    • 10 Jun 2021
  • Recent sightings 25/5/2021 – 4/6/2021

    Welcome to another weekly round up of what has been seen at RSPB Titchwell. 

    Car Park / Visitor Centre / Meadow Trail / Fen Trail

    A pair of spotted flycatchers remain in the area around the welcome hub and meadow trail. We have seen an arrival of baby blackbirds who like to walk all over the picnic tables!

    In amongst the willows you can see chiffchaffs, blackcaps, a garden warbler has occasionally been heard in the car…

    • 4 Jun 2021
  • Plovers in Peril: June Update

    Here's our Plovers in Peril Project Officer, Wynona, with an update on what's currently happening on our North West Norfolk beaches... 

    Well what a whirlwind few weeks for both the nesting Ringed Plover and for our hard-working team of volunteers! We have seen challenges from tides, predation and the impacts of summer crowds on the nesting birds, often all at once on the Plovers in Peril stretch and as the crowds…

    • 3 Jun 2021
  • Plovers in Peril: Reckless beach drivers put vulnerable birds in peril

    A warm hello from Wynona,

    When I started my post as Ringed Plover Project Officer for the RSPB, I was under no illusion that the ringed plovers on this stretch of beach have a heart-breaking number of challenges to face in order to raise a family here.

    For me, what keeps me going is the knowledge that I am part of a project that has the capability to generate real, positive change for a species that is hurtling toward…

    • 25 May 2021
  • Recent sightings: 18/5-24/5/2021

    Welcome to the latest summary of what has been around Titchwell in the past week. 

    Car Park / Visitor Centre

    A garden warbler has been heard singing around the back of the car park over the weekend. On Monday 24/5 two spotted flycatchers were chasing each other around the tops of the trees.

    Spotted Flycatcher, Les Bunyan

    Turtle doves have occasionally been seen on the reserve, but they are not spending much time here…

    • 24 May 2021
  • Behind the scenes - 21/5/2021

    Breeding Bird Surveys

    It is peak breeding bird season across Snettisham and Titchwell which takes up a significant proportion of our week.

    Starting at Titchwell, we continue with our weekly bittern monitoring which now includes watching for female feeding flights to help us identify if and where they maybe a nest. However if the female has a good food supply near to the nest then she won’t be seen.

    We have also…

    • 21 May 2021
  • Recent sightings: 11/5/2021 - 17/5/2021

    Welcome to this week’s summary of what has been seen on the reserve over the past week.

    Car Park / Visitor Centre

    The car park area is alive with bird song including blackcap, blackbird, and song thrush whilst our nest boxes appear to be well used with a number hosting blue tit families.

    Small numbers of lesser redpolls and siskins continue to flyover the trees.

    A garden warbler was seen at the back of the car park…

    • 18 May 2021
  • Recent sightings: 4/5 - 10/5/21

    Recent sightings

    The poor weather continued last week, making conditions difficult for our breeding bird surveys to be carried out and not much has changed in terms of what you are likely too when you visit.

    Car Park / Visitor Centre

    Small flocks of siskins continue to linger at the tops of the trees or fly over. A couple of bullfinches can be spotted in the car park scrub, whilst the blackcaps, blackbirds and chiffc…

    • 10 May 2021
  • Behind the Scenes - 7/5/2021

    Hello,

    Welcome back to another Behind the Scenes update from the reserve wardens.

    Bird Surveys

    We have completed our monthly Wetland Bird Count (WeBS) which allowed us to have a pleasant walk around the reserve, despite the low bird numbers.

    The survey season is picking up pace as April ended and May arrived. The bittern is continuing to boom on a regular basis, and I was even treated to a brief glimpse of it as it flew…

    • 7 May 2021
  • Recent sightings: 26/4/21-3/5/21

    Recent sightings: 26 April – 3 May 2021

    The cold, northerly wind has continued to be the current theme at Titchwell and much of the Norfolk coast so spring migration is quite slow with low numbers of summer migrants to be found However you can still expect to record over 80 species before 9am.

    Car Park / Visitor Centre

    Arriving in the car park you will be greeted with the continued variable song of the blackcap…

    • 3 May 2021
  • Plovers in Peril: Those who scrape together stay together.

    Walking along Snettisham beach, it is often the vastness that captivates me and with a bitter wind biting at your cheeks its often easy to sink down into the warmth your scarf, head on to the wind, eyes to the floor! The ringed plovers often take on a similar silhouette - finding piles of washed up hornwrack to take shelter, they will hunker down, bill into the wind, head sunk down into the warmth of their dense feathers…

    • 22 Apr 2021
  • Recent sightings - 19/4/2021

    Spring is slowly creeping in at Titchwell as we have experienced northerly winds most days, which is making it feel quite chilly once you have left the shelter of the visitor centre. 

    Car park / visitor centre / woodland

    The car park and surrounding area is alive with the sound of singing blackcaps, chiff chaffs and a couple of willow warbler passing through. The odd brambling can still be found on the feeders and on Sunday…

    • 19 Apr 2021
  • Share our Shores - a dog walkers guide to Snettisham

    Updated 18/4/2021

    Norfolk beaches are amazing places to walk our four-legged friends and some birds choose these beaches to raise their family. It is therefore important that we all come together to do our bit to ensure these birds are given the space to do this.

    What birds are you talking about?

    Ringed plovers and oystercatchers.  

        

    Ringed plover (top), Oystercatcher (bottom)

    Did you know birds’ nest on the ground?…

    • 17 Apr 2021
  • Reserve Team Update - 16/4/2021

    Hello

    Welcome to another round up of what the reserve team have been up to across our North West Norfolk Reserves. 

    Breeding Bird Surveys

    Over the past couple of weeks, we have continued with our breeding bird surveys including weekly bittern monitoring. It is really encouraging to have a bittern booming regularly at Titchwell as it is a species we have struggled with in recent years. When you are next visiting listen…

    • 16 Apr 2021
  • Plovers in Peril: Mr Plover Lover

    And just like that we find ourselves springing toward mid-April! Like us, over the last weeks the plovers have endured a mind-boggling array of weather including a few tantalising glimpses of glorious summer sun (even if accompanied in most parts by a bitter Norfolk wind!). With some warmer days on the forecast it looks like at last things might be hotting up, and I’m not strictly talking about the weather…. Ooh la la…

    • 14 Apr 2021
  • Recent Sightings - 5/4/2021

    Welcome to the first sightings blog of 2021 – it has been a while but now that we continue to see an ease in lockdown restrictions, we plan to bring more regular updates of what is around the reserve.

    With it being the start of April the first of the spring migrants have started to arrive and a few wintering birds continue to linger.

    Woodland / Car park / visitor centre

    There are a few bramblings and siskins lingering…

    • 5 Apr 2021
  • Reserve Team Update - 2/4/2021

    Hello,

    Welcome to this week’s snapshot of what the reserve wardens have been up to.

    Bittern Survey

    First up was the weekly bittern survey. Arriving on site at 5am we were hopeful for some booming bittern action as it has been quite regular but today the bittern had other ideas and opted for a lie in. However, we were treated to two barn owls quartering over the grasslands, a tawny owl calling in willow woods, two…

    • 2 Apr 2021
  • Plovers in Peril: Shingle and ready to mingle

    Here's our Plovers in Peril Project Officer, Wynona, with an update on what's currently happening on our North West Norfolk beaches... 

    On a vast stretch of beach each spring a battle is unfolding amongst the tideline. The heroes on these beaches wear black masks and a helmet of grey, the battle cry is a soft rhythmic “toodle-toodle-toodle” and the arena - a tideline littered with sun bleached hornwrack and washed…

    • 1 Apr 2021
  • Facilities update at Titchwell Marsh

    Hello everyone!

    With Easter Bank Holiday approaching, the following facilities here are open for local daily exercise and recreation:

    • Car park
    • Outdoor, staffed Welcome Point (9.30am-4.30pm)
    • Nature reserve trails
    • Toilets (9am-5pm)
    • Take away refreshments (10am-4pm). Card payments preferred.

     Please note, due to a fault with our public toilets, we have installed temporary loos in the car park.

     The following facilities…

    • 1 Apr 2021
  • Warden's Update - 27/3/2021

    Hello

    Welcome to another snapshot of what the reserve wardens have been up to. 

    Bird Surveys

    We began the week with an early morning start to continue our weekly bittern surveys and it was encouraging to hear the bittern booming well and regularly. Whilst  surveying for bitterns we also completed our final winter harrier roost count. As is expected for this time of year the numbers have dropped to 23 marsh harriers roosting…

    • 27 Mar 2021
  • Reserve Team Update - 19/3/21

    Hello,

    Welcome to this week’s installment from the North West Norfolk reserve team.

    Beach nesting bird cordons

    From mid-February ringed plovers arrive back home to raise their next generation, which includes the beaches of Snettisham and Titchwell. For the next 6- 8 weeks they will spend their time re-establishing their territory and displaying to their partner. From mid-April ringed plovers will start to lay their…

    • 20 Mar 2021
  • Plovers in Peril: A warm hello from Wynona, the new Ringed Plover Project Officer at Snettisham!

    Hello!

    As the air around us begins to echo with the excitable trills and mesmerising displays of birds getting geared up for the season ahead, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as Ringed Plover Project Officer for the exciting new RSPB Project - Plovers in Peril  based at Snettisham Beach. Thanks to the RSPB securing funding from King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council's Habitats Monitoring and…

    • 9 Mar 2021