Titchwell Tick-List, May 5, 2015

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An observation bunker on Titchwell beach

fascinating history of its own.

This is why very special guided walks are being planned. They will show how history has stamped its mark on the reserve through discoveries and events over time.

The walks will be led by Mike

Barrett, an RSPB guide who has a depth of knowledge of local history as well as being a serving soldier in the Army during World War II.

For a start, archaeologists walking along the beach have discovered flints from the foreshore at Titchwell in the area of exposed peat beds dating back to 8000 BC.

Old terracotta drainage pipes used on the farmed land at Titchwell were uncovered following the spring tides in 1999. They can still be found here especially following spring tides and stormy weather.

The remains of concrete structures half way along the West bank path at Titchwell are part of a World War One observation post.

From 1914 – 1918 part of Titchwell Marsh was used by the Royal Flying Corps (later the RAF) as a bombing range. There was also a military hospital on the reserve which was probably tented, although some of the brick foundations still remain now largely sunk into the mud.

During World War Two, the beach at Titchwell was covered with anti-tank invasion obstacles and from 1942-45 the marsh was used by the Royal Tank Regiment as a firing range. Two old tank hulls can

still be seen on the beach. They were possibly used as targets.

To go on this special walk will be to learn more about the history of RSPB Titchwell Marsh but also to enjoy the wildlife experience along the reedbeds, lagoons and marshes looking out for marsh harriers, listening to the booming call of the bittern and spotting avocet.

To find out more about these walks ring 01485 210779 or go to www.rspb.org.uk/titchwell