Titchwell Marsh

Titchwell Marsh

Titchwell Marsh
Big skies, a fabulous sandy beach and bird-filled lagoons are just a few of the gems tucked away inside Titchwell's treasure trove of natural delights.

Titchwell Marsh

  • July 24th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Little stint - 2 feeding on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - 4 mobile birds on the reserve this afternoon

    Med gull - 1 offshore this afternoon

    Bittern - 1 briefly in flight over the reedbed 

  • Marvelous moths and beautiful butterflies

    Its not only us that have been enjoying the fantastic summer weather but so have the wildlife especially our insect populations.

    Butterflies have been faring particularly well with many of our resident species having a good year. A walk along the West Bank path can produce a wide variety including peacock, comma, ringlet, meadow brown and three species of skipper feeding on the thistle flowers that we have been leaving for their benefit. The grassy seawalls are good places to check for wall browns and a walk along the dunes could produce the scarce grayling. With the recent easterly airflow there has been a significant influx of migrant butterflies too. The most obvious species has been small tortoiseshell along with smaller numbers of painted lady and a couple of clouded yellow along East Trail. A white admiral seen in the carpark for several days last week appears to be the first record for the reserve!

    Small tortoiseshell butterfly

    The Wednesday morning moth trap sessions have also been excellent. With two moth traps running we have been getting between 25-35 species a night with the egg boxes crammed full of moths. Weird and wonderful names such as nut tree tussock, uncertain, lychnis and cream bordered green pea have all been caught in recent weeks along with some great looking species including the stunning garden tiger and the subtle herald

    Garden tiger

    Herald


    If you fancy finding out more about the moths on the reserve as well as in your garden, why not join us on a Wednesday morning as we open our traps. You don't need to book, just meet us outside the visitor centre at 9am and see what we have caught. You never know, we might have a tiger waiting for you...

  • July 23rd 2014 - Today's highlights

    Curlew sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh feeding with 30 dunlin

    Spoonbill - 18 on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Wood sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh

    Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - 50 on fresh marsh