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RSPB World Wetlands Day competition organised by Titchwell Marsh nature reserve

Sunday, February 2 marks World Wetlands Day but it’s a date that slips past us with much hoorah.

That’s a surprise given that most of East Anglia was once permanently flooded and uninhabitable.

Sadly, the true value of wetland regions is vastly underestimated and many of us don’t realise the importance of these habitats sitting on our own doorsteps.

RSPB (27929463)
RSPB (27929463)

Wetlands such as bogs, saltwater marshes, lagoons and estuaries form a complex ecosystem providing unique habitats for a plethora of plants and animals. Wildlife is dependent on the ecological integrity of wetlands and even a small bog is rich in biodiversity.

These soggy habitats filter harmful waste from pesticides, fertilisers and by-products from heavy industry. In this way, wetlands act as a form of long-term storage for harmful toxins and pollutants.

They are also a crucial ally in our fight against climate change. Larger regions act as natural sponges, absorbing rainfall and reducing floods in streams and rivers while coastal salt marshes provide resilience against tidal surges on inland areas. The roots of marsh plants bind the shoreline providing a natural barrier against erosion from wind and wave impact, particularly important in flat coastal regions such as north Norfolk. And did you know that over 30 per cent of the worlds carbon emissions are stored in wet peatland? That’s twice as much as stored in the planet’s forests and woodlands.

Given their importance in the eco system it may surprise you to know that only and estimated 10 per cent of wetlands from Roman Britain are in existence today. Increased urban developments and farming have contributed to a global loss of over 60 per cent of land crucial to our planet’s health.

RSPB Titchwell Marsh is offering families the chance to explore our wetland areas and discover a plethora of birds and other wildlife that live in or visit our marshes, lagoons and coastal shores.

Win a family ticket to RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve

Colouring competition for 3-10 year olds.

To enter the RSPB competition simply download the kids colouring poster from the World Wetlands website at https://www.worldwetlandsday.org/materials. Colour it in using crayons, pencils, felt tips or other medium and post or scan and email to RSPB Titchwell Marsh reserve.

If you’re seven years or over, we’d also like you to tell us why wetland habitats are so important.

Write a short paragraph or poem of no more than 150 words and send it in with your competition entry. Don’t forget to check out the World Wetlands website to find out more about these amazing places.

Winners will receive free entry for a family of four to the reserve and some complimentary activities to help you get the most from your visit. Grab an activity backpack for the day and explore our famous wetland habitats, discover amazing wildlife as you follow the Wild Challenge trail then pick up some pond dipping gear and discover what lurks beneath the surface of the deep!

Two runners up will receive an activity pack full of wild things to do on a family day out.

RSPB Titchwell Marsh – World Wetlands Day Colouring Competition.

1. This competition is open to UK residents aged 3-12 years old.

2. Applicants under 18 must get consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before entering the competition. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of applicants under 18 agree to the Rules and Terms and Conditions on behalf of the applicants.

3. The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

4. All entries must be submitted to RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve, Main Road, Titchwell, Norfolk PE31 8BB or scanned and emailed to carrie.carey@rspb.org.uk

5. Entries must be received by midnight on Friday, March 13. The winning entry will be notified by Friday,March 20. Please ensure you include the entrants name, age and a valid email address.

6. The winner will receive a voucher for free entry for a family of two adults and two children (up to the age of 16) to RSPB Titchwell Marsh reserve plus a free pond dipping session and activity backpack (retail value £24). The voucher will be valid for six months. Please note that pond dipping sessions are only run during Easter and summer school holiday periods.

7. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. The RSPB reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if necessary.

8. The winning entry will be published on the RSPB's social media (Facebook and Twitter). The winner may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media.

9. The RSPB takes your privacy very seriously; it will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of these Terms and Conditions and the RSPB’s Privacy Policy (available on request).

10. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 207076 and in Scotland no. SC037654 whose registered address is at the Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL.

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