RSPB Titchwell Marsh is on the north Norfolk coast and is one of the jewels in their crown because of the superb mix of habitat and the fact Norfolk juts out into the North Sea and so passage migrants often make landfall here. The habitats include farmland, hedgerows, fresh, brackish and salt marsh, reed beds, sandy shore and dunes and the sea.
A public footpath runs all the way from the car park to the beach with offshoot paths leading to hides that overlook the lagoons and reed beds. A visit to Titchwell will never disappoint - I've usually seen 60-70 species in a day and on one occasion I got 85 species in the day.
Waders are best seen at high tide when they are pushed up the shore and on to the reserve.
The best time for sea birds and passage migrants is during northerly winds that push the birds inshore. Be warned, these arctic winds blow straight down the North Sea and can be uncomfortable even on an otherwise mild day and downright unpleasant in winter - so be sure to wrap up in warm clothes! At other times, you can sit in the sunshine among the sand dunes and watch the birds and world go by...
The visitor centre has a shop, cafeteria and toilets. There are 3 hides and a sea watching platform.
Below is a list of species I have observed on different visits in the spring, autumn and winter.
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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