Titchwell Tick-list, by Paul Ronay, March 10, 2015

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This week with the Titchwell Tick-List online we talk to Paul Ronay of the RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh about what the spring holds in store.

How lucky we are to have RSPB Titchwell Marsh on our doorstep with 800 acres of reedbeds, lagoons and marshes, not to mention the fabulous sandy beach!

England, Ouse Washes RSPB Reserve. Bewick's Swans at dawn

England, Ouse Washes RSPB Reserve. Bewick's Swans at dawn

All the more reason to share the experience with loved ones and friends.

Why not treat them to a guided walk, perhaps as a birthday present or just an invitation to get out of the house and enjoy the wildlife on the reserve.

With Mother’s Day on the horizon (Sunday, March 15), what about taking mum for a stroll through the reserve and experience mother nature at this special time of the year.

Take mum for a relaxing coffee and cake in the reserve cafe while the kids go off to make their Mother’s Day gifts in a supervised craft session.  

An extra special treat has been organised around the forthcoming solar eclipse on March 20. There will be a guided walk by volunteer and amateur astronomer Dave Hawkins, along the West Bank to the Parrinder Hide.

You will be able to find out how the eclipse affects the wildlife at Titchwell Marsh – will the birds return to their roosts as the sky darkens?

Will they want to return to the wading areas when the sun reappears? Join us at 8.30am to find out!

Not to mention our ever-popular sleepouts. Watch out for news of the overnight camp on June 21 at Titchwell, especially for children and dads.

The family frog hunt is always popular and fun. Or what about a ‘Seas the Day’ family visit to Titchwell with lots of activities including a beach clean-up on June 7

A choice of nature trails will also take visitors through a variety of landscapes and habitats.  

Whether you are new to the reserve and would like the help of an experienced guide to help you enjoy first-hand the exciting wildlife and habitats at Titchwell or just need a breath of fresh air.

An exhilarating walk gives you the chance to discover water voles, Chinese water deer, marsh harriers and the enormous array of freshwater and sea birds that have made the reserve their home.

The RSPB has helped to create a mosaic of wetland and coastal habitats on the reserve to attract a diversity of bird species. These include nationally important numbers of avocets, bearded tits, marsh harriers and bitterns, and internationally important populations of wintering waders. 

Our freshwater reedbed is important for threatened wildlife such as bitterns, bearded tits, marsh harriers and water voles.

We are managing the freshwater lagoon and its islands for the benefit of breeding and wintering waders and wildfowl, among other wildlife. 

Keep an eye on the Titchwell website for news of other seasonal treats. For instance, why not get up early and come along to enjoy the dawn chorus followed by a hearty breakfast. For information on our activities go to www.rspb.org.uk/titchwell orcall 01485 210779.