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.
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  • Media: Sea wall foundations

    This is the foundations of carr-stone being laid on the new sea wall. This view is one not seen by visitors to the reserve as it is looking west from the east end of the wall.
  • Media: Shells

    You won't find these on the beach. These were found in the Parrinder line and are some of 70 metal objects found during investigations prior to excavation work.
  • Media: Cloth saves the day

    This is a special geogrid material that is being used to increase the integrity of the new sea wall.
  • Media: Foundations of the new seawall

    This is the foundations for the new sea wall along the Parrinder line. The red coloured rocks on the right are Carr-stone from Snettisham quarry. These are being used to give a firm base for the increased width of the new sea defence. The new wall is using special engineering techniques to minimise this...
  • Media: The earth moved

    Well it's started this small beast will move upto 40 tons in a load but it will still take 3 months with two of these to shift enough to build the new seawall at Titchwell
  • Media: Early stages of Parrinder Wall construction

    Photo of the base of the new Parrinder wall during the early stages of construction. The slightly odd coloured stone is a local stone called carrstone. This base layer of stone is crucial as the big gaps that are left between the stones provide a route to allow water to drain out of the bank.
  • Media: band drain piling rig

    This is a photo taken early in the construction of the new Parrinder Wall. It shows the piling rig that was used to insert the band drains 8.5m into the ground. The band drains have been invaluable as they have allowed water pressure in the soft ground below the new wall to disperse without causing slips...
  • Media: Early stages of Parrinder Bank construction

    Machinery compacting layers of clay to create the new Parrinder Wall. The clay has been extracted from the landward edge of the reserve in an area with little existing wildlife interest. As the land level has been lowered due to the amount of clay that has been dug from the area we will now be able to...
  • Media: Flat pack straw

    This is a band drain. It will allow ground water to flow into the carr stone and out into the lagoons. This will prevent the new sea wall collapsing! A pretty important straw.
  • Media: Reedbed excavations

    This is the first signs of a new reedbed at Titchwell, honest? Material is being removed from this area to provide the clay to build the new sea wall along the Parrinder line. As the materials are removed so the 'hole' will be shaped to form a bittern friendly landscape.
  • Media: Push!

    You can see the metal post that the rig is driving into the ground. This is going into a depth of 8-10m.
  • Blog Post: All change at Titchwell

    Four days until the breach and I’m feeling excited but a little nervous. It’s not a huge task and I have every faith in our contractors Lancaster Earth Moving to do it well, but it is going to be a big deal. I may have only been the site manager for six years but I have been birdwatching...
  • Blog Post: Fancy a coffee?

    When you walked along the west bank path, you may have heard bubbling water going under the path. Locally know as the ‘coffeepot’ because of the noise it makes, this pipe allows all the water that we don’t need to leave the site. As part of the improvement works, we are replacing the...
  • Blog Post: Day 122 – Kori makes a mess!

    T he floating excavator has been doing its worse over the last couple of weeks. Now that the reed has been cut, the main job of removing it can start. Reed can be a very invasive plant species if the growth is left un-checked and unfortunately that is what has happened on the fresh marsh. The reed has...
  • Blog Post: That lovely man off the telly

    No, I don't mean Sir Trevor McDonald. Nor Matt Baker off The One Show. I am, of course, referring to Chris Packham! The BBC Springwatch/Autumnwatch presenter also happens to be the RSPB's Vice-President, and will be paying Titchwell Marsh a visit on Sunday 16th October. Don't get too excited...
  • Blog Post: Unleash the sea? Not quite yet

    Our contractors are cracking on a great pace and at the moment I’m finding it hard to keep up. Although this years work program is less complicated there are a lot of smaller but no less important jobs. The completion of the new sea wall along the Parrinder line is almost there and work on improving...
  • Blog Post: Nature summed up with two characters (and a lot of volunteers)

    On Sunday a celebration of the Coastal Change Project to thank our funders turned out to be amazing day for all. The two characters that sum it up are not characters of the alphabet like O and K (OK) or B and I (the shorthand code for bittern) but the unique characters of Titchwell Marsh and Chris Packham...
  • Blog Post: Surprising Times

    Blimey! Back in the office today after a pretty exciting day on the reserve yesterday seeing all the work going on. Having spent the past five years working on the Coastal Change Project it is quite difficult to put into words what it is like to finally seeing it all happening. There have been so many...
  • Blog Post: Day 106 - What a beast!

    What is the beast appearing out of the reedbed? Well it's the first weapon of choice in our battle against the reed encroachment on the fresh marsh. As part of this years coastal change project we are improving the habitat on the fresh marsh. To do this we are employing some very specialist...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New Parrinder hides OPEN on Saturday

    From this... On Saturday 18 September the new Parrinder hides will open and we can't wait to show you what we have done with the place. The new hides have been a long time coming and I don't mind admitting I've had a few sleepless nights. It has taken a few years and a lot of work from...
  • Blog Post: Boom, Boom, Boom!

    No it's not a bittern booming from the reedbed but mortars booming from the brackish marsh. It would appear that battles have always occured at Titchwell and always will. Some of these battles are subtle like the small mites that lay their eggs in the leaves of trees so that their young have a...
  • Blog Post: Hooray, up she rises

    At long last, we are starting to see the new Parrinder Hide take shape as the contractors start to construct the concrete retaining walls. Although I have never built my own house, I get the same sense of excitement trying to work out where the steps and ramps will be going and what the view will be...
  • Blog Post: Day 204 - the best bits till last

    Well it's day 204 of the coastal change project and we are starting to see the hides take shape. The walls are coming up and the north hide has a roof. Despite the good progress we have lost some time due to the weather but hopefully everyone will feel it was worth the wait. The views from the hide...
  • Blog Post: Day 32 Band aid

    No we're not having a concert, but hopefully the birds will make a bit of a song about the work when it is finished. The Titchwell Marsh Coastal Change Project has been on the go for 32 days, and things are moving fast. The latest monster machine on site is the piling rig. This is no ordinary...