Titchwell Marsh

Titchwell Marsh
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  • Blog Post: One warden (and several volunteers) are off to mow....

    ....well in this case it will be fresh marsh islands rather than a meadow. Every autumn we need to get out onto the islands to prepare them for the spring and return of the breeding avocets. It is important that we manage the islands to produce the ideal nesting conditions for the breeding waders...
  • Blog Post: Wet Wet Wet

    A few people have asked me recently why the water level on our Freshwater Marsh is so low at the moment, so I thought it might be an idea to try to explain why. Far from being due to the repairs to our sea wall or a shortage of water on the reserve, all the exposed mud is actually a deliberate part of...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Its been a while....

    Its' been a while since I posted a roundup so I though I better pull my finger out and get it sorted. The water levels in the fresh marsh are now dropping nicely ready for the key wader migration period to start. Lots of muddy edges are now starting to appear alongside the West Bank path and in...
  • Blog Post: Don't panic Mr Manwaring!!!!

    Were the words that went through my head on Friday morning when I took a phone call from a local birdwatcher. The gentleman wanted to report a 'funny looking' gull that he had seen on the fresh marsh on the Thursday evening. As started to describe the features, black head with white face, pale...
  • Blog Post: Unicorns, eruptions and Siberian arrivals

    This morning I just didn’t know what to expect. My first job was to open a sluice and let a little flush of water into the fresh marsh. The wind was pushing what little water there was up to the eastern end of the lagoon, concentrating birds at the furthest point from viewing. The little ‘flush’...
  • Blog Post: Raptor-tastic

    I don’t know if it the change in the weather over the last few days but there seems to have been an increase in the number of birds of prey around the site. Most of the species are arriving to spend the winter and have probably been following the migrating flocks of passerines that are on the move...
  • Blog Post: Its official

    Autumn is here already! As far as many of the high Arctic breeding waders are concerned, it is with the first returning species visible on the fresh marsh. Species such as spotted redshank and green sandpiper are still in full summer plumage and are probably birds that have failed with their breeding...
  • Blog Post: What a view!

    We managed to get all the last few cleaning jobs done in the Parrinder Hide this afternoon and were able to get the security fencing down to allow a few people into the hides before dusk. THE VIEWS ARE AMAZING!!! Helped by an amazing winter light, there was a large gull roost including at least one...
  • 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: Awesome autumn waders

    The autumn wader migration is now in full swing and the fresh marsh has been ‘hooching’ with birds this week. Numbers have been building steadily but yesterday afternoon our regular reserve count produced fantastic numbers. With good viewing conditions and light winds the fresh marsh was...
  • Blog Post: Day 112 – The beast comes to life

    After a long wait, Year 2 of the Coastal Project started in earnest today. The floating excavator rumbled into life this morning and headed out through the reedbed onto the fresh marsh. I must admit, it was a slightly surreal sight sat in the hide watching a 30 tonne machine crossing the lagoon and...
  • Blog Post: Where has all the water gone?

    "Why are the water levels so low?" "Why are the water levels so high?" These are questions you always get asked when working on a wetland. Currently the water levels on the fresh marsh are low. Why? We have target water levels for each month/season, in each area of the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Cold but very cool

    It was definately one of those colder spring mornings today, but the birds were going to be cool! With a strong north-easterly breeze and temperatures not much above eight degrees it felt more like a spring day in northern Scotland. Thankfully the birds also turned out to be more like those of a northern...
  • Blog Post: Summer...what summer?

    With a strong northerly winds and the occasional heavy rain shower it feels more like late-October than mid-July this morning but the birds don't seem to be too bothered. The signs that autumn is not too far away have been evident this week with the first bird movements. Autumn is usually the time...
  • Blog Post: Day 52 - 2.7m and rising

    Well the sun is truely shining upon us. The weather is so good in fact that the contractors have been complaining that it's a bit dusty! Work on the project is firing on all cylinders in fact if you tot up the machinery on site it would probably shock you how many cylinders. The main job is focusing...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The record is broken again

    Since the start of the New Year, we have seen a dramatic increase in ‘diving’ ducks, especially pochard, and it could be down to several factors. In general, diving ducks are very scarce at Titchwell due to the lack of deep water but since late-December we have been experimenting with...
  • Blog Post: Winter BEE gone

    Despite the dull cloudy conditions and a nagging cold easterly wind, I have just seen my first bumblebee of the spring along the main path. I also get the feeling that the birds know the better weather is not too far away. The black headed gulls, lapwings and redshanks are all starting to display on...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: ANK, who are you?

    A couple of weekends ago, one of our hide helpers Tony Gray found this colour-ringed ringed plover feeding on the fresh marsh. Over recent weeks we have seen an increase in birds feeding on the fresh marsh, a sure sign that autumn is approaching and the birds are starting to move south from their breeding...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbill senorita!

    If you have visited Titchwell recently, you may have seen the fantastic pair of spoonbills that are wading around at the moment. Any bird whose beak resembles a piece of cutlery is worth a view in my opinion, but what's also interesting is the ring around one of the spoonbills' legs. This...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Two ‘firsts’ for Titchwell

    It’s not very often you can say that these days especially when it comes to birds. Before you get too excited, it involves species that have already been recorded here. While carrying out our woodland bird survey last week, I was walking through Willow Wood (by the dead trees if you are looking...