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  • Media: Bittern

    Picture taken on guided walk Friday 14/5/10
  • Blog Post: Vegan cake and bedsheets

    Wow what a week. Any week that starts with a day off is a good week. Don’t get me wrong I love my job, but I also love my wife and children so it was great to have some extra time to spend together having fun and relaxing. The rest of the week has been fun but not relaxing. Big news has been...
  • Blog Post: Boom, Boom, Babies

    Firstly, some advice...don’t go away on holiday as you are bound to miss something! I have just got back from a 2-week birding trip to the US to find out that there has been an explosion in bittern activity. Just before I left, we had been recording an increase in bittern activity and suspected...
  • Blog Post: The first of many

    With all the dodgy weather about recently, the forecast for this morning looked decent so Georgie and I took the opportunity to get our first survey done. Despite still being early in the season, it is time to start listening for bitterns. A pre-dawn visit ( we were up at 4am) is required but despite...
  • Blog Post: 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! ...
  • Blog Post: Booming cracking photo

    Since the confirmation of an active bittern nest over the Jubilee Weekend we have been fortunate to have the female feeding in the borrow pits by the main path. Attracted by the large amount of rudd that are present in the pools, she has been showing well at times. This photo, taken recently from the...
  • Blog Post: An exciting day!

    A very early start was rewarded with the first confirmed bittern booming in the reedbed. As soon as I arrived, the bird started booming and continued, every few minutes, for the next hour. While I was in position, a male grasshopper warbler was 'reeling' near the dead trees and I could hear a...
  • Blog Post: Better late than never

    The weird weather around this spring has played havoc with the breeding season but finally things are starting to happen. The poor weather in April and May has set back the breeding season by several weeks so we are only just starting to see some interesting activity. After last years peak, avocets...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Success!!

    After some interesting behaviour recorded in the early part of the week, the weather finally improved enough to allow me a decent chance of getting a full bittern survey in this morning. Several brief flight sightings were reported in an area of reed just at the northern end of the dead trees from the...
  • Blog Post: Sightings for week 28th September to 5th October

    This week has seen good daytime conditions. On Monday we had a pied flycatcher, blackcap, yellowhammer and good sightings of bullfinches in the woods between the car park and the (new) East trails. There have also been high numbers of jays on the reserve, with up to 25 being seen in the the same area...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Like a rubbish dump in India...?

    If you have ever been to Asia, you will have probably been past or even birded a local rubbish dump (I kid you not!) and seen large numbers of gulls, storks and raptors feeding on leftovers. It is an amazing sight watching hundreds of black kites circling in the air together. Well we have something...
  • Blog Post: What a difference a few days make

    Following the dodgy weather of the Easter break, back to work and conditions improve! Not a bad thing for us as we are now into the thick of the breeding season survey work. With calm conditions this morning we have been able to get out and check the reedbed for bitterns and bearded tits. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Ray's Rambles: Bats, bitterns and car park dwellers

    Our reserve has come up with another 13 species to raise my list total to 899. Four new moths - cream wave , white-line dart , square-spot rustic and frosted orange - came via the moth trap. I have always maintained that not enough attention is paid to the wildlife in the car park, and the last few...