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  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: mid January update

    Ray Kimber is trying to see as many different species on the reserve as possible in twelve months beginning August 1st 2010. So far, January has been a tough month, the latest update is below. 'What an interesting fortnight despite only getting 3 additions to the Ray's Rambles list. A couple...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: The Winds of Change

    Much of my last two weeks has been spent on our new East Trail and Autumn Walk. They have added a completely new dimension to our reserve and, by and large, have been very well received by the public. Personally, I absolutely love it out there, not only do you see lots of birds, flowers, insects etc...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: What a turn-up!

    As Ray nears his target of 800 species, he proves that no stone should be left unturned when on the hunt for wildlife at Titchwell Marsh. To get the best out of the reserve, there are plenty of events and lots of different areas to explore which can open your eyes to all sorts of wildlife. This...
  • Blog Post: Rays Rambles: Take a bow

    Ray reflects on his challenge to find as many different wildlife species as possible on the reserve over the past year. But what will the future hold for Ray's Rambles now that the challenge is complete? The year of Ray's Rambles is now over. On checking my notes I discovered that I'd...
  • Blog Post: Rays Rambles: The Emperor's Freckles

    The Ray's Rambles list has suddenly shot up by 10, to 987, which is partly due to starting the moth trap. This got me the following 5 new species:- common pygmy woodlouse , diamond-backed moth (a micro-moth), double-striped pug , a really smart swallow prominent and a superb female emperor moth ...
  • Blog Post: Rays Rambles: "With a little help from my friends"!

    Here's the latest from Ray: The last couple of weeks have been really interesting largely due to the keen eyes of various members of staff, although I did find five new species for myself. My contributions were two micro moths, Agapeta hamana and Chrysoteuchia culmella , a green woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Who needs all the reserve?

    Here's the latest news from Ray Kimber: I'm getting lazy, I saw all fifteen new species within 150 yards of the Visitor Centre. Many of them were in the moth trap or attracted to the security lights. Argyresthia goedartella, Eudonia mercurella, Agonopterix aranella and spindle ermine are all...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Friday 13th, not unlucky at all!

    Here's the latest from Ray! The four new species added to the Rambles list in the last fortnight come from very different families. Firstly I found, attached to a large slipper limpet, a red sea-weed called coral weed that had been washed up after a strong northerly. Next came a larch tree...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: The Four Seasons

    What an extraordinary fortnight. With temperatures ranging from 12c to 29c, no wonder our wildlife has been confused! Four new species have found their way onto my list, which now stands at 909. Three were moths: pink-barred sallow , black rustic and satellite; and one was a plant - wild marjoram . The...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: what a lot of rot

    Here's the latest from Ray! Part of a willow tree came crashing down in the car park during the high winds and rain a few days ago. I had a look at the broken base of the tree and found a large leopard slug sheltering in a crack amongst the rotting wood. Many of our willows get attacked by various...
  • Blog Post: Latest update...Ray's rambles

    Here is the latest update from Ray Kimber on his quest to see as many different species as possible on the reserve in twelve months Aug 201 to July 2011. 'I've just had two great weeks, in which the 57 new species seen brought the Rambles list up to 461. I've had my best ever views of...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Thank you Mrs Beckett

    Despite already reaching his target of 800 species, Ray is continuing to find new flora and fauna to add to his amazing list of finds... Spending a morning with Gillian Beckett, co-author of The Flora of Norfolk , and her husband Ken was a real treat for me. They very soon sorted out the ferns that...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Leaves

    It's been a funny couple of weeks. There have been thousands of birds around the reserve, notably gannets, auks, wildfowl, waders and jays , but somehow I managed to miss all the species such as leach's petrel, sooty shearwater and rose-coloured starling that would have added to the 'rambles'...
  • Blog Post: Winter wonders

    January has been brilliantly unpredictable - there's been rain, hail, sleet, snow, hard frosts, fog and sun, the wind has blown from all points of the compass and we've even had that Titchwell rarity, three completely calm days! Birdlife has been equally varied, ranging from sightings of species...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Effort and Reward

    Two things struck me this week, a) how many introduced species occur on this reserve and b) how little actual bird-watching I've done this year! Of the 1128 wildlife species seen by me during the last couple of years well over 40 of them have been alien invaders. The latest of these was narrow...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Classy customers

    More intriguing findings from Ray's Rambles... The Ray's Rambles list has leapt forward from 717 to 749 species! The additions contain some real class. I was very pleased to find a turtle dove, and I could easily have completed my year without seeing a brown argus butterfly . There have been...
  • Blog Post: 518 and a plea for help!

    Here is the latest update from Ray Kimber in his quest to see 800 species on the reserve in the year commencing August 1st 2010 Snow, frozen lagoons and biting winds have made the last fortnight a real challenge. We've had a lot of good birds for the hardy birdwatchers to see but virtually all...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: LITTLE GREEN, RED, ORANGE AND BROWN JOBS.

    Eighteen new species in February, I didn't think it was possible! Being fair, I did find a couple, but couldn't name them. Identification was all due to very patient experts who were trying to teach this old dog new tricks. So an alga, 2 fungi, 2 liverworts, a gall and 12 mosses have been added...
  • Blog Post: Latest Ray Kimber update

    Here is the latest update from Ray Kimber on his quest to see 800 species on the reserve in 12 months. What a great fortnight, the Ray's Rambles list has leapt by 28 species up to 646. The star bird had to be Norfolk's only third ever Iberian chiffchaff which sang and showed itself well...
  • Blog Post: My 2011 Titchwell Marsh Moments

    Well It is the end of 2011 so I couldn't resist the obligatory best bits post. Why not let us know your best bit by leaving a comment. Record waterfowl numbers on the reserve This year has seen the highest numbers of waterfowl ever recorded on the reserve. A few years ago I would have got very...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: TRANS-ATLANTIC AND LUNAR-TICKS.

    I love this time of the year, it is full of opportunities and surprises. With the dark evenings it is the season of night classes. One of my friends is taking lessons on fungi and her instructor is willing to identify specimens for his class. She took one from our car park for me, it was a southern bracket...
  • Blog Post: Ray's rambles late March update

    Here is the latest update from Ray Kimber on his quest to see as many speceis as possible on the reserve in twelve months. Did the sexton bury the quaker? No he didn't, they met in the reserve moth trap! The sexton, or burying beetle, a large black beetle with orange-tipped antennae, was...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Final Frontier

    During the last two weeks I have boldly gone to the outer edges of the reserve in my quest for new civilisations! Lurking in one of the dark recesses of the men's toilet I found a large house spider , and on the ceiling a daddy-long-legs spider . There are hundreds of fungi in the wooded area, the...
  • Blog Post: Who needs Noah?

    Here is the latest instalment of Ray's Rambles. Ray is one of our volunteers who is trying to see as many species as possible on the reserve in the year beginning 1st August 2010. 'So the Ark filled up two by two, Titchwell does it three by three. I was looking from the brilliant new Parrinder...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Raising the bar

    After reaching 800 species Ray aims higher, with a new challenge to complete... Well folks, I have a new target of 1000 species to be seen before the end of the year. The 850 already noted have been put in alphabetical order and the 24 latest additions will be added in a new section. Two birds...