Youngsters get clued up at Titchwell Nature Reserve

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Scores of youngsters followed boardwalks at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ Titchwell nature reserve on Sunday searching for a love-lorn couple, Justin Greber and Ariana Osprey.

The boardwalks twisted and turned between the trees and snaked alongside reed beds and lakes filled with wild fow in part of a school holiday competition arranged for children.

Youngsters over the age of eight followed a trail that involved a host of birds such as the avocet, a goldfinch, swans and finally an osprey in a challenge to reunite these two fictitious lovebirds by solving a range of clues.

For the under-eights, there was the chance to explore a trail discovering animals such a badger, a mole, a fox and a butterfly. Successful entrants were awarded an RSPB badge.

Carrie Carey, visiting experience manager, said: “It went well. Lots of children found our new challenge exciting.”

The aim of the society is to introduce young people to wonders of nature.

“It’s important to engage their interest in nature when young,” said Mrs Carey.

“We are protecting nature for them for future generations to enjoy.”

On Tuesday, visitors were shown how to build nest boxes for birds and insects and bird feeders using recycled materials and, on Wednesday, a gardening and wildlife expert gave advice on preparing gardens for spring while youngsters were invited to plant garden or wild flower seeds to take home.

Today will be Twigology Day where all the family can learn about trees and why birds love to nest in them.