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As Gordon Ramsey would say....
Fresh marsh cutting DONE!!! Over the last few days we ahave been busy cutting all the vegetation on the fresh marsh and that is now complete. The sluice has now been closed and we are using the water we have stored in the reedbed to raise the levels. Over the coming weeks we will be flooding all of...
19 Oct 2012
Can we beat the record this year?
Well with a bit of careful management here and there we will give it a good go... So what am I talking about I hear you ask? Over the last couple of winters our wildfowl numbers have been on the increase. Since 2009 our peak teal count has risen from just over 900...
15 Oct 2012
Spot a crake
I have had great fun out of the office this morning getting wet and muddy opening up some areas of reed near the Island Hide. The plan is that water rails, young bearded tits or even a rare spotted crake may use this sheltered area to feed in this autumn. The area has been cut so that is can be viewed...
12 Jul 2012
In the dock
In 2010, as part of the Titchwell Coastal Change Project we carried out some extensive improvement works to the fresh marsh. As well and creating and re-profiling islands we removed the encroaching reed from the edges. This reed was starting to take over making it difficult to manage and reducing viewing...
24 Jun 2012
Little tern high rise apartment
We are trying something new. Shingle has been placed on one of the islands on the fresh marsh hoping to encourage ground nesting birds. This in itself is not a new idea but in addition we have put some shingle in an usual location - on top of our new sea defence. Little terns used to nest regularly...
20 Aug 2011
It’s the final countdown
It is not an open air concert by the 80’s rock band Europe (unfortunately) but start of the final phase of work on the Titchwell Coastal Change Project. On Monday August 8th the diggers will arrive and work can start. The project is due for completion by the end of October but we are hopeful...
4 Aug 2011
Essential management work required
This year we have had record success with nesting avocets and other waders on our Fresh Marsh islands. To safeguard this success we will be tidying up and clearing vegetation on the islands on Tuesday the 26th. This will cause a bit of disturbance but we’ll finish up as quickly as possible and...
21 Jul 2011
2 ...., 5 ...., 11 ...., 21 ...., 26 ....
Last week, the first avocet nest, (‘Twiggy’ as she was affectionately called for her nest DIY skills), hatched 4 fluffy little chicks. There is now a grand total of at least 26 avocet chicks loose on the freshmarsh. Parent avocets (with 8 legs) can be seen close to the Parrinder hide brooding...
20 May 2011
2 volunteers went to mow..
The winter reed cutting programme at Titchwell Marsh was completed this week. Each year, small areas of reed are cut on a rotation basis to ensure that the reedbed remains healthy and able to support a diversity of wildlife. This is an important aspect of the intensive habitat management work, which...
15 Feb 2011
Burn baby burn…reedbed inferno
With the festive period well behind us, it has been straight back out into the reedbed to open up the Fen Hide pool. The area around the Fen Hide is one of the best areas on the reserve to catch up with the elusive bitterns but not when the vegetation has taken over! ...
8 Jan 2011
As part of our ongoing tree management on the reserve, yesterday we were visited by several of the RSPB’s expert tree climbers to tackle some of the larger specimens. Many of the willows alongside the main path are now getting very large and are in need of health check. As the trees get larger...
18 Nov 2010
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