Places to see birds

Titchwell Marsh, RSPB Reserve

Titchwell Marsh, RSPB Reserve
Golden Plover at Titchwell by Peter Antram

The RSPB purchased the Titchwell Reserve in 1973. It was over 400 acres of derelict farmland which had been abandoned when rough seas broke through the sea wall in 1953. Since then careful and creative management has produced a variety of wonderful habitats for birds. Reed bed, salt marsh, shingle beach and sand dune can all be found, and artificial lagoons, where water levels can be controlled. These provide feeding for many wildfowl and waders in winter. Teal, wigeon, shoveller, gadwall, pintail, Canada geese and Brent geese all frequent the lagoons, but watch out for grebes; great crested, little, red-necked and Slavonian may all be found.

Birdwatching begins in the car park with flocks of tits, finches and winter thrushes foraging in the trees and shrubs. The reeds are always worth a look. Both bearded tit and water rail increase on the reserve in winter; look out for these secretive birds. Take care as you approach the beach. The stony, weedy areas are foraged by flocks of linnets and goldfinch but also snow bunting, twite and shore lark are often found. Don't forget to watch the sea and shoreline.

The shoreline is good for waders; black and bar-tailed godwit, dunlin, grey plover, ringed plover, redshank, sanderling, curlew, turnstone, and purple sandpiper can all be found while the sea needs searching for red-throated diver, eider, scoter, red-breasted merganser, goldeneye and the wonderful long-tailed duck. As you make your way back to the car park keep an eye out over the lagoons and marshes for flying bittern, hen harrier, short-eared owl or barn owl particularly as evening approaches. Titchwell is a wonderful place to visit especially in winter when it is full of an interesting and varied array of birds.

Copyright 2001 Fred Twilley.

Sightings from previous visits at various times of year.

Teal, wigeon, shoveller, gadwall, pintail, Canada geese, Brent geese blue and great tits, finches and thrushes, blackbird. robin, bearded tit, water rail, linnets, wheatear, goldfinch, snow bunting, twite, shore lark, black and bar-tailed godwit, avocet, dunlin, grey plover, ringed plover, redshank, little stint, little egret, grey heron, sanderling, curlew, turnstone, purple sandpiper, red-throated diver, eider duck, scoter, red-breasted merganser, goldeneye, long-tailed duck, bittern, marsh harrier, hen harrier, short-eared owl, barn owl, common tern, Sandwich tern.