Titchwell shows love for Climate Change Coalition

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at Titchwell Reserve showed its love by supporting the Climate Change Coalition.

The Reserve was one of more than a hundred international voluntary organisations, many UK-based, to highlight the work done by the 11million-membership-strong coalition.

Using their annual slogan Show the Love, the coalition picks a theme each year to underline what needs to be done to limit the damage climate change is doing to the world.

Coinciding with half-term, the society invited families, on Tuesday and Thursday, to visit to the reserve and take part in activities that were vital to the health of wildlife and birds.

This year the theme is ‘Looking after special places’ and there are few places more special than a nature reserve.

At Titchwell Marsh the society encouraged families to help protect wildlife with a variety of challenges such as making bird feeders and bug hotels and assembling hearts with greenery and shells, to underline the reserve’s link with the land and the sea at this coastal resort.

The heart is the coalition’s symbol this year and the society has taken this symbol one stage further and made it into a Valentine’s heart onto which families could inscribe their own message of delight at the many pleasures of the wildlife world.

Visitor experience manager Carrie Carey said: “We asked them to write a message on the heart as to why they loved the reserve.

“One visitor wrote ‘ Love the bird song, the amazing views and the smell of the sea’, another was overcome by the sight of ‘Watching the sky fill with geese’. A third wrote ‘Titchwell is my second home’.”

In addition, youngsters were also encouraged to make “memory sticks” – small branches entwined with snippets of greenery that would remind them of their visit.

Ms Carey added: “It’s about getting children to engage with the environment. It is hoped their experience will develop into a lifelong love of wildlife.

“The aim is always to encourage visitors to give nature a home or helping hand, be it a pile of leaves, bird feeders, a bug hotel or nest boxes.”