The Titchwell ticklist, June 30, 2015: Ray will lead you through nature

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Have you ever been out for a walk, with the children, the dog or even on your own and never taken the time to look around at all the wildlife, in the hedgerows, in the trees and creeping over the ponds?

Well, here is your chance to set things right. Special wildlife walks have been arranged at RSPB Titchwell Marsh led by Ray Kimber, a very experienced naturalist and ornithologist who has been a volunteer at Titchwell for over 40 years.

Follow Ray and he will lead you through different habitats including farmland, saltmarsh, dunes and beach to see all the flowers and insects, birds and butterflies that you never thought existed in such quantities living in their natural environment. On this 3 hour walk you should see at least 100 different species of flora and fauna.

Ray will show you–a new wildlife garden, created by Titchwell’s cherished volunteers, showing that we can all give nature a home by providing as many habitats as possible using grass, logs, plants and water. Wildflowers including the iconic foxglove are an integral part of the garden.

The 5-star bug hotel, complete with a grassy roof garden., is a must-see on the reserve. Made from everyday materials like bricks, bits of wood, egg boxes and bamboo, the hotels attract insects like ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bees.

Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the Southern marsh orchid as you follow Ray along the Meadow Trail and passing the ponds look out for damselflies and dragonflies. The East trail too is developing into an exciting area for walks and biodiversity.

Walking along the West bank path to the beach gives you the chance to see marsh harriers and bitterns flying over the large reedbed.

Follow Ray to the unspoilt Titchwell Beach and look out for oystercatchers and ringed plovers and if you’re really lucky, you might see seals resting along the tide line.

Ray Kimber’s wildlife walks will be held on 10 July, 7 and14 August. To book your place ring RSPB Titchwell Marsh on 01485 210779 or go to rspb.org.uk/titchwell