Trip reports

Coach trip to Titchfield Haven 20.07.19

Coach trip to Titchfield Haven 20.07.19
Water vole by Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Despite a damp start, the day turned out warm and sunny, with enough breeze to keep the wind and kite surfers out to sea happy. The reserve was looking beautiful, and dotted with wildflowers. The east side of the reserve was partially closed, so views there were restricted, but there were plenty of butterflies including commas and red admirals. For those prepared to wait a while at the Walkway Pond there were memorable views of water a vole swimming out to collect vegetation and towing it back into the reeds.

After lunch we moved to the west side of the reserve where the hides give views of the scrapes. There were common terns, including some still tiny chicks, black and bar-tailed godwits still in their rusty red breeding plumage, clear views of green sandpipers as well as lapwings, avocets and one or two Mediterranean gulls. Reed warblers and dragonflies were flitting in the reeds in front of the hides. We've not been to this reserve for a long time, but hopefully we will return again soon.