The Titchwell Ticklist, October 6, 2015

Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, flock in flight against sunset, Titchwell RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, October ANL-150110-151629001
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, flock in flight against sunset, Titchwell RSPB Reserve, Norfolk, October ANL-150110-151629001
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You need to set your alarms to be up in time to get to RSPB Snettisham to watch in awe the spectacle of thousands of pink-footed geese travelling from their Arctic breeding grounds.

It is the dawn spectacle of skeins of ‘pinkies’ sweeping and soaring over the Wash before heading inland to feed that beckons nature enthusiasts and bird watchers to the Snettisham RSPB reserve each year. The sheer volume of numbers and the sound of the geese calling to each other make the daily exodus of the Pinkies one of the most breathtaking wonders of the natural world.

Leaving their homelands in Greenland, Iceland and Norway, the pink-footed geese arrive back in the UK around mid-September. By late November numbers are estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands gathering on the inter-tidal mudflats at Snettisham.

This special habitat offers the geese a safe area to roost during the night with an abundant supply of food in the shape of winter stubble and sugar beet tops just a short flight away.

At dusk the geese return to the quiet of the mudflats where they rest for the night, safe from predators and disturbance.

Breakfast walks in the company of our experienced and friendly volunteer guides to see the pink-footed geese at Snettisham can be booked through the visitor centre at RSPB Titchwell Marsh.

You need to be an early riser to catch the spectacle as the walks.

Here are the dates:

6.45am on 17, 18, 19, 20 November.

7 am on 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 December.

The cost of the walk, £15, includes a hearty English breakfast. What better way to start the day?

To book your place on the walk contact RSPB Titchwell Marsh on 01485 210779 or go to www.rspb.org.uk/titchwell