The Titchwell Tick-List, January 13, 2015

Chinese water deer ANL-151201-103748001
Chinese water deer ANL-151201-103748001
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After the festive indulgences, why not resolve to get out into the fresh air and take advantage of all that RSPB Titchwell Nature Reserve has to offer?

Put on a woolly hat and scarf, and with binoculars at the ready, stride out on to the reserve and take a look at all the special wildlife.

If you would like to improve your fitness, get outside more often, and learn a new skill this year yet the enticement of a fitness video or zumba workout doesn’t appeal, then why not take a trip to the reserve and enjoy all three.

The reserve trails lend themselves to both a brisk walk and a leisurely stroll. Passing through diverse habitats you might see a tiny chiffchaff or a more imposing grey heron, a water vole or a colourful assortment of butterflies. Striking landscapes and the chance of seeing something new around each bend makes it feel as if you’re not taking exercise at all and before you know it, you’ll be striding to the beach.

Titchwell’s shoreline holds secrets all of its own. Remnants of a petrified forest speak of a time when Britain was linked to mainland Europe, discarded tank hulls from World War II bear witness to a more recent history.

But if searching for ancient relics sounds too energetic then sitting amongst the sand dunes with an array of sea shells at your feet will re-energise you.

Guided walks, species led events and family themed activities will inform and enthral visitors of all ages. Whether you are new to wildlife watching or an avid nature enthusiast there is always the chance to listen in to enthusiastic guides and hide helpers and maybe take up a new interest or skill along the way.

The sand dunes at Titchwell Marsh beach are embryonic in nature forming unstable low mounds of sand above the high tide mark.

They lack sufficient vegetation to encourage sediment accumulation leaving the dunes vulnerable during strong winds, especially winter storms.

Sand dunes form when the tidal action of the sea moves sand particles shoreward and prevailing winds blow this sand inland. As the dune forms, it is continually affected by both erosion and deposition and in time the dune migrates inland. Subsequent vegetative growth will stabilise the dunes and the formation of significant numbers creates a natural line of sea defence.

As we enter a new year, with all our new hopes, promises and resolutions, we can learn from nature.

The reserve is open all year (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

The visitor centre and well-stocked shop has a wide range of RSPB gifts and books and a large selection of telescopes and binoculars.

We have a servery and inside eating area selling a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, as well as snacks and locally-made cakes.

The visitor centre and shop are open daily from 9.30am to 5pm (closing at 4pm from November to February). The cafe is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm (closing at 4pm from November to February).