• 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
  • Ray's 2020 Challenge

    The challenge I set myself was to see 1000 species of wildlife on or from Titchwell Marsh during 2020.   The year has got off to a really good start; my total for January is 216.  The main interest has been in trying to see as many birds as possible , these have ranged from scarce over-wintering Chiff Chaffs, Greenshanks and Spotted Redshanks to finding easily missed species such as Woodcock, Bittern, Black-necked Grebe…

    • 4 Feb 2020
  • Titchwell Birds 2019

    Titchwell Birds 2019

    Now we are in 2020 it is time to reflect on the birdlife of Titchwell in 2019. Overall, we recorded 218 species, up on the 214 recorded in 2018, though a number are subject to being accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) and the Norfolk Records Committee. If you have found any of the birds marked with a * please can you submit the record to the relevant record committee. 

    New Year…

    • 3 Jan 2020
  • Ray’s 2020 challenge: 1,000 in a year!

    Hello everyone,

    Back in 2010 our wonderful friend Ray Kimber started a project called Ray's Rambles in which he had to record as many species of wildlife as possible on or from the reserve. 

    Ray's Rambles went on for four years, and well over 1,300 species were noted. Most of these were found while Ray was volunteering at the reserve.

    Ray has challenged himself once again and the challenge this time is to try and…

    • 31 Dec 2019
  • Reserve update 20/12/2019

    Latest update from Residential Volunteer Conservation Intern Matt O'Connell

    The week began with an impressive count of Marsh Harriers, as part of a coordinated harrier count organised by the BTO: a conservative 90 marsh harriers were counted rising from their roost here at Titchwell, plus one hen harrier. The reserves team and volunteers took part in this survey, which involved being on the reserve at first light and…

    • 20 Dec 2019
  • Reserve team update 15/12/2019

    Our Conservation Intern Matt, updates us on what the reserve team have been up to this week

    Its been another eventful week at Titchwell and the reserve team has been working hard throughout the short days to keep up with the winter work plan. But hey, working outdoors when fifty plus marsh harriers circle the reedbed to roost, lit by a glowing sunset is not too bad as an office!

    This was what we kept telling ourselves…

    • 15 Dec 2019
  • The Life of a Volunteer

    In today's blog our dedicated volunteer, Les, gives us an insight in to what it is like volunteering at the North West Norfolk reserves.

    I thought you would all be interested in hearing what I get up to as a volunteer at Titchwell and Snettisham. My official title is "Volunteer Hide Helper" but recently that has covered a multitude of other duties!

    First up, I was asked if I could help the retail team with…

    • 12 Dec 2019
  • Exciting opportunity!

    Applications are now open for our 12-month Residential Conservation Internship. You will be based on two of our amazing nature reserves developing the skills and knowledge to help you develop a practical conservation career

    For more information follow the link https://bit.ly/2sfsdL1 

    • 11 Dec 2019
  • Reserve Update 29/11/2019

    Meet Ryan, our returning residential volunteer to update you on what has been happening on the reserve. 

    Hey all,

    My name is Ryan and I’m back as a residential volunteer with the reserve team for another winter (my third… Where does the time go?!) after another busy season working as a Ranger on the nearby Blakeney Point. It is so good to be back in my favourite “over-wintering” spot of Titchwell and to get caught up with…

    • 29 Nov 2019
  • Some disturbance this week 25/11/19

    This week we have the Truxor on site, we use this machine as part of our habitat management to clear reed along some of our ditches, open up the area infront of fen hide and this year we will use it push back the reed on the Freshmarsh. 

    There will be some disturbance but come the weekend expect some enhanced viewing opportunities. 

    • 25 Nov 2019
  • Reserve news: 9 November - 13 November

    Volunteer, Les, provides our reserve update this week: 

    Well, after the excitement of having a long-eared owl on site last week, I wondered what could better it. I didn't have long to wait as on Saturday the little bittern put in another appearance, albeit briefly. I am indebted to regular visitor, Cliff Gilbert, for the use of his photo which is the only one I've seen so far. The little bittern created a lot of…

    • 14 Nov 2019
  • Reserve news: 26 October - 8 November 2019

    Matt, our winter conservation intern, provides an insight into what the reserve team have been up to. 

    It has been a while but here comes the second reserve roundup!

    Its been a busy couple of weeks here at Titchwell and Snettisham, with some mild weather but plenty of rain. We’ve been making steady progress with winter work on the reserves and after receiving our delivery of fully RSPB branded woolly hats, we have no excuses…

    • 8 Nov 2019
  • Reserve News: October 14 – October 25, 2019

    Matt, our winter conservation intern, provides an insight into what the reserve team have been up to. 


    It’s been a busy last couple of weeks as the reserve team carries on with the winter work plan and deals with other issues that arise as and when. When not hampered by the rain we have been able to crack on with work and make progress that you can hopefully see for yourselves as your out and about on the…

    • 25 Oct 2019
  • Titchwell Marsh Recent Sightings Blog

    Hello again,

    Volunteer Les Bunyan is back with an update on sightings from the last couple of weeks at RSPB Titchwell Marsh. Take it away Les...

    As a volunteer at Titchwell the most common question I am asked is "Where can I see bearded tits?". Well, for me, it's a pretty easy one to answer: just off the West Bank path or from Island Hide. In the last couple of weeks I have been able to guarantee views of…

    • 17 Oct 2019