Lovebirds are reunited as Titchwell inspires youngsters

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A hint of romance came to the RSPB Titchwell Marsh reserve today as scores of youngsters took part in a Valentine search for a love-lorn couple.

It was a school holiday competition which led participants along a trail of clues to reunite the fictious pair, Justin Greber and Ariana Osprey.

The searchers, all of whom were aged eight or above, followed a trail which featured a host of birds including an avocet, a goldfinch, swans and finally an osprey.

Meanwhile, for younger visitors there was a chance to explore a trail discovering animals such a badger, a mole, a fox and a colourful butterfly.

Successful participants in the challenge were awarded their own RSPB badge.

It’s the first time that the reserve has organised nature trail competitions.

And the site’s visitor experience manager, Carrie Carey, said: “It’s been going very well. Lots of children found the new challenge exciting.”

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

Carrie said: “It’s important to engage their interest in nature when young.

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

The event was the start of a week of half-term activities at the site, which includes a nest box building session for birds and insects tomororw and advice on how to prepare gardens for spring on Tuesday.

And Friday is Twigology Day, where all the family can learn about trees and why birds love to nest in them. Each session costs £1 for participants.