Titchewell Tick-list, June 2, 2015

CHRIS PACKHAM AT TITCHWELL                                            'Bird spotting with Chris Packham (nearest camera) at the official opening of the new Parrinder hide at RSPB Titchwell.  With him, from left, are the RSPB's chief executive, Mike Clarke (left), and the regional director for the East of England, Dave Forecast ENGANL00120111017104511
CHRIS PACKHAM AT TITCHWELL 'Bird spotting with Chris Packham (nearest camera) at the official opening of the new Parrinder hide at RSPB Titchwell. With him, from left, are the RSPB's chief executive, Mike Clarke (left), and the regional director for the East of England, Dave Forecast ENGANL00120111017104511
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Titchwell can replicate the Springwatch experiences enjoyed by viewers of the BBC TV programme

If you are watching the programme you might be interested to know that you can see many of the species mentioned for yourself here on the reserve.

Springwatch aims to encourage people to get out and see wildlife at their local nature reserves, in the countryside and in their gardens in May and June this year

Whilst there are live cameras on wrens, red shanks, shovelers and bearded and blue tits, you would do well to also look out on the reserve for marsh harriers and avocets, not to mention the red kites swooping overhead.

Springwatch allows us to see aspects of creatures’ lives it would be impossible for most people to see otherwise, like an owl chick eating slugs or a young bittern leaving its nest for the first time, but there are also amazing wildlife spectacles people can witness first-hand, and you don’t even have to go that far to see them.

We’re very lucky here at Titchwell to have more than our fair share of the UK’s wildlife right on our doorstep – on our reedbeds, not to mention our stunning coastline – which means all of us can get out and enjoy wildlife close to home.

We want the Springwatch programme to inspire viewers to take action for nature and to visit our reserve to appreciate the wildlife that is on offer to you here.

An interest in nature adds quality to life and an opportunity to stop and look.

It was Wordsworth who wrote: “What is life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare”.

How apt this is for visitors to Titchwell as they look over the reedbeds, the lagoons and saltmarshes.

The new wildlife garden at Titchwell is a real must-see. It has been created by volunteers including a bug hotel, log piles and a pond to spot water boatmen and tadpoles.

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 are an integral part of the garden.

Walking along the meandering pathways visitors are led through a variety of habitats, children can enjoy spotting butterflies and all manner of bugs in the woodland glades or amongst the sand dunes and sea pools.

Stunning landscapes and panoramic views across the Wash make the reserve a delight for families, bird enthusiasts and walkers alike.

For more information on RSPB Titchwell Marsh nature ring 01485 210779 or visit the website rspb.org.uk/titchwellmarsh