Continuing fog on the coast has dropped a few birds into the reserve today.
Barred warbler - 1 immature briefly in an area with no access this afternoon and a possible in the coach park late afternoon
Tree pipit - 1 in hedge along East Trail
Redwing - 1st of the autumn along East Trail. Also lots of song thrushes dropping into the bushes
Little stint - 4 juveniles on fresh marsh
Curlew sandpiper - 2 juveniles on fresh marsh
Spoonbill - 7 on fresh marsh
Red crested pochard - 6 on Patsy's reedbed
Brent goose - 12 on fresh marsh this afternoon. 1st birds of the winter
I am now on leave for the next couple of weeks so there probably won't be any Titchwell updates
Pied flycatcher - 1 at Thornham Point
Spotted flycatcher - 2 at Thornham Point
Whinchat - 1 on fresh marsh
Curlew sandpiper - 1 juvenile on fresh marsh
Little stint - 1 juvenile on fresh marsh
Brambling - the 1st bird of the autumn dropped onto the East Trail calling late morning
Spotted redshank - 5 on fresh marsh
Pintail - 1st birds (4) of the winter on the fresh marsh
Spoonbill - 3 on fresh marsh
Red crested pochard - 7 (1 male, 2 female + 4 juveniles) on Patsy's reedbed
I am sure that many of you have heard about the considerable damage the storm surge in early December 2013 caused along the North Norfolk coast. Whilst the lethal combination of onshore winds, high spring tides and a storm surge caused by a North Sea depression did not cause massive loss of life or property, both of the RSPB’s reserves at Titchwell and Snettisham were affected. Significant damage was caused at Titchwell Marsh most notably the loss of the sand dunes and the destruction of the beach boardwalk. Far less noticeable, but more significantly, the sea defences, along the East and Parrinder Banks were damaged. Although the East Bank didn’t breach and let the sea into the reserve, it was seriously damaged and is in need of repair before this coming winter.
looking west along the Parrinder sea wall (hide in the distance) showing the erosion problem we have
So what are we going to do...?
Both the Parrinder and East banks require a different approach to get them sorted out.
We will be placing what has been described to me as ‘rock filled fabric sausages’ along the base of the Parrinder bank to reduce the amount of erosion that is caused when we get stormy winter weather. These ‘rock rolls’ will break up any waves until the saltmarsh has established itself in the coming years.
I have been told that the East Bank will be much more straight forward (phew!) although it does require some rebuilding work. We will be digging another hole along East Trail to get to soil we need but this does give us another exciting opportunity. Our plan is to turn the hole into an area for dragonflies and it could be perfect for pond dipping in the future, watch this space.
In all, the work is planned to take 10 weeks and last until late November but if we have an Indian Summer (fingers crossed) we may be able to complete it sooner.
When are we going to do it...?
Our contractors will be arriving at Titchwell on Monday September 22and work will start straight away although the repairs will be staggered slightly to avoid any unnecessary disturbance. Unfortunately, during this period the East Trail will be closed to visitors and we will also replace the worn-out Fen and Meadow Trail boardwalks to make them more accessible to our visitors. We will be keeping as much of the Fen Trail open as possible so that you can still search for wildlife throughout the autumn.
The remainder of the reserve will be open as usual but if you would like to find out any more information about the work prior to your visit we will be posting regular updates here on the reserve blog, you can send an email to the reserve (email@example.com), pick up the phone and give us a ring (01485 210779) or pop into the visitor centre and have a chat with one of the team here.