• 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
  • Recent sightings 6/8/2020

    Welcome to another recent sightings installment from Titchwell Marsh.  


    A walk along the meadow trail towards Patsy’s screen this week has revealed a few Cetti’s warblers calling to one another 

    Once at Patsy’s screen the pool has continued to host a good number of coot and gadwall. The red-crested pochard occasionally appear as does one of the now near resident great white egrets. The house martins and swall…

    • 6 Aug 2020
  • Reserve Team Update 31/7/2020

    As mentioned in an earlier blog post we started the week with our monthly WeBS counts at Titchwell (click here) for the sightings) followed by some pruning of the stray bramble and willow encroaching on to the paths. 

    Autumn Trail preparation

    As we rapidly move into August it is time for us to open the seasonal Autumn Trail during peak wader passage. This trail is only accessible for a few months of the year in between the…

    • 31 Jul 2020
  • Sightings update: 30/7/2020

    It has been a steady week for sightings but packed full of variety.


    Around the visitor centre goldcrests have been heard singing in the trees and some more chiffchaffs have fledged.

    Along the east trail sedge warblers and reed warblers continue to raise their young. Whilst on Patsy’s there is a plethora of ducks in their various eclipse forms. A search through reveals pochards, gadwall, shovelers and a red…

    • 30 Jul 2020
  • The new hide at Snettisham - Knot's Landing - is nearly ready!

    Hello everyone!

    Well, who knew that a global pandemic would be thrown into the mix of challenges we faced with the construction of the new hide, Knot's Landing, at RSPB Snettisham?!

    We are incredibly pleased to let you know that the contractors, Walker Construction Services, were able to figure out a way to work safely through Covid-19, source the materials they needed and proceed to very nearly complete the incredible…

    • 30 Jul 2020
  • Sightings 25/7 - 27/7/2020


    Welcome to another edition of our sightings blog which this week also covers our monthly Wetland Bird Count.

    East Trail and Patsy’s Screen

    A walk along the hedgerow this weekend revealed lesser whitethroats, common whitethroats and sedge warblers. The subtle call of the bullfinch and the wheeze of a greenfinch can be heard. On Patsy’s there is a plethora of brown ducks, many of which are in their eclipse…

    • 27 Jul 2020
  • Diving boards to bombs

    From diving board removal to ringed plover monitoring it has been another varied week for the NW Norfolk Reserves team.

    Beach nesting birds

    We started and ended the week with some ringed plover monitoring. It may be the end of July, but our ringed plovers are still busy trying to rear their youngsters. At Titchwell we still have 3 pairs on eggs, that are due to hatch over the next week. Down at Snettisham there is one…

    • 25 Jul 2020
  • Sightings 21/7 -24/7/2020

    We have been open a week now and it has been lovely to welcome back familiar faces and welcome many newcomers to the reserve. The feedback on our safety measures and the introduction of an entrance charge has been overwhelmingly positive which is very reassuring – so thank you.


    The Freshmarsh is looking fantastic with lots of waders dropping in throughout the day including good numbers of avocet, black-tailed…

    • 24 Jul 2020
  • Opening weekend sightings

    Opening weekend sightings

    Since we reopened our doors on Thursdays there has been plenty seen across the reserve.

    On the Freshmarsh there has been a noticeable increase in wader numbers. Dunlin numbers have increased from 30 to 320 bringing with them the first little stint of the year. Other highlights have included a greenshank, a couple of common sandpipers, a green sandpiper, three spotted redshanks, 6 little ringed…

    • 20 Jul 2020
  • Lockdown Sightings

    Welcome to the return of our sightings blog. As mentioned in our previous blog, our activities on the reserve including monitoring was very limited however our livestream microphone fortunately ensured we could all remain connected with Titchwell in some way.

    Spring Migration

    When we closed the doors to the reserve in late March spring migration was just starting with the first of the spring migrants having arrived. This…

    • 19 Jul 2020
  • The past four months - closed but busy

    Following the government’s announcement for people to stay at home, along with all other RSPB nature reserves we sadly closed Titchwell Marsh and Snettisham on 24th March to all visitors. This was not an easy decision by the RSPB as we recognise how important access to nature and open space is for people’s wellbeing. However, the health of staff, volunteers and visitors has been of paramount importance to the organisation…

    • 17 Jul 2020
  • Back with a boom!

    Update 05/08/20: We are very pleased to say that three swallows have fledged from Island hide and, after a thorough clean and a few repair jobs, we have opened the hide with a limit on the number of people inside it at any one time. There have been some cracking close views of ruff from this hide and the West Bank Path today! Autumn trail is also open which gives us slightly more capacity across the reserve - this means…

    • 16 Jul 2020
  • Beach nesting birds: an update

     Beach nesting birds on our North Norfolk beaches have had a tough month. Large high tides in May and June combined with strong northerly winds resulted in some nests being lost to the sea. Many are now relaying so we once again wait for these nests to hatch. 

    Sea Foam. Lizzie Bruce

    Thankfully at RSPB Snettisham and Titchwell the ringed plovers and oystercatchers nested high up on the beaches and were not affected by…

    • 12 Jun 2020
  • Volunteers’ Week 1 – 7 June - thank you

    An open letter to the North West Norfolk volunteers during Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June). Thank you from all of us, for everything.   

    To someone special,

    At our North West Norfolk reserves we would usually celebrate Volunteers’ Week with hearty big thank yous at our morning team briefings. Together we would tell stories and reminisce about those we have come to know and love; laughing together and connecting…

    • 2 Jun 2020
  • Snettisham Open…Titchwell not yet


    We have opened our trails and car park at our Snettisham reserve, but our hides remain closed. Please stay local to your nearest reserves / green spaces. Anyone choosing to visit should observe all current government advice around social distancing.

    For RSPB members the car park is free, please display your membership card and obtain a free ticket from the car park machine.

    For non-RSPB members there is a…

    • 1 Jun 2020
  • Wildlife from your window

    Wildlife from your Window

    My brain is foggy and I’m definitely finding it harder to concentrate on tasks in hand. Sitting at my impromptu desk in the spare room with the occasional sound of a car humming down the road I realise how much nature lifts and inspires me during the day. Working on a nature reserve is very different to working from home, but like millions of others around the world, I am adjusting to it.…

    • 3 Apr 2020
  • Ray's Rambles March 2020

    March, as you may have noticed, has been a very strange month.  Knowing that the reserve may have to close down made me try to identify plants purely by their leaves.  This is why species such as Great Mullein and Broad-leaved Dock found their way on to my list.  The moths were all on the walls near the security lights at the visitor centre; I was particularly pleased to identify a micro-moth as a Coastal Flat-back.   This…

    • 1 Apr 2020
  • Reserve Closed

    Following the latest clear instructions from the Government for us all to remain at home apart from a limited number of allowed activities, we are closing our reserve to visitors until further notice.

    This means we will close our car park, toilets and hides to the public. These measures are on top of the existing closure of our visitor centre, cafe and shop.  It is with great sadness that we ask people to refrain from…

    • 24 Mar 2020
  • Reserve Update 20/3/2020

    Wardens wanderings

    What a week it has been.

    Following the latest government advice, the RSPB made the difficult decision to close all our visitor centres, cafes and shops to visitors. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers, supporters and members of the public. For the time being the Titchwell toilets will remain open though this may change. 

    Therefore, much of the later part of the week…

    • 20 Mar 2020
  • Share our Shores

    Share our shores

    The North Norfolk Coast has some of the largest areas of undeveloped coastal habitat in Europe making it incredibly rich in wildlife throughout the year. As a result, our landscape is protected at the national and international level.  During the spring and summer many of Norfolk’s beaches are home to breeding ringed plovers, oystercatchers and little terns in important numbers. Yet, they are suffering…

    • 18 Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

    Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close our visitor centre, café and shop to visitors. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

    These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us, but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may encounter it. We want to do everything we can to help…

    • 18 Mar 2020
  • Reserve Update w/c 9/3/2020

    Firstly, let me introduce myself, my name is Simon and I am the new Conservation Intern at Titchwell and I look forward to getting to know the ins and outs of this wonderful reserve and sharing the goings-on with you 

    Recent sightings 

    It has been another packed week of wildlife sightings on the reserve this week. As Spring continues to arrive we are starting to see a change on the reserve. A max count of 87 Mediterranean…

    • 17 Mar 2020
  • Ray's 2020 Challenge February

    The incessant wind and rain made this month very difficult so my wildlife total has limped its way up to 238.  Only five new birds were added to the list of which the Short-eared Owl hunting over Thornham marsh was easily the best.   I spent most of the time in the wooded section trying to keep out of the elements.   One afternoon I was in the company of Tony Leach, the county fungi recorder.  Last month I identified two species…

    • 10 Mar 2020
  • Titchwell Marsh Reserve Update!

    Here's residential volunteer Ryan with an update of what's been happening on the reserve over the last couple of months:  

    What a whirlwind few months it has been since our last reserve update – how time flies when you’re having fun! During January and February, myself and the rest of the reserve team have been carrying out a real mix of jobs, from finishing up our winter work to starting to prepare for the ever…

    • 29 Feb 2020