Titchwell Tick-List, March 20, 2015

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Kids have fun at Titchwell Marsh

Carrie Carey, Titchwell Marsh visitor experience manager, gives a taste of what is to come: “If you fancy jumping in puddles, searching for animal tracts, or even building sand sculptures then Titchwell is the place to come over Easter. Families can also discover a variety of wildlife through our special trails, pond dipping and searching for minibeasts in our bug trail.

“Those children who are lucky enough to be junior members of the RSPB will no doubt be bringing along their RSPB Wildlife Explorer Handbook which is an ideal resource for identifying and recording wildlife. “The handbook is a must-have factfile for budding naturalists.”

RSPB Titchwell Marsh volunteer, Heather Coath, said: “The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. It relies on memberships and donations to fund their work. I believe children need to be encouraged to become interested in and enjoy wildlife. Hands-on involvement is the best way to achieve this. When I joined the RSPB I added my two granddaughters to my membership package. They were both delighted when I gave them their handbooks which they use almost on a daily basis.

“It has encouraged them to look out for wildlife both in their own garden and out walking along the coast and nature trails.”

Children visiting Titchwell Marsh over Easter will be able to see how to build a wildlife garden for themselves.

This is all part of a project to give nature a home and provide as many wildlife habitats as possible using grass logs plants and water.

Wildflowers including foxgloves will be an integral part of the garden.

There will be mossy logs to attract beetles and other specialist insects, fungi and mosses.

Grass will be laid for egg laying and over wintering of caterpillars and leather jackets. Blackbirds and starlings search for these grubs in the short grass.

Then there is the bug hotel to attract insects like ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bees. Attracting and maintaining these insects helps plant pollination and assists the natural predation of garden pests such as aphids and greenfly.

For more information on all our activities look at our website www. rspb.org.uk/titchwellmarsh or ring the visitor centre on 01485 210779.