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West Norfolk nature site hosts festive celebration for youngsters

Local young children were introduced to some of the delights of the natural world around them at a West Norfolk nature reserve on Saturday during a special family Christmas party.

Titchwell Marsh, the RSPB’s internationally important site, is the second most visited in the country, with some 80,000 visitors annually.

The afternoon was all part of drive to encourage children to understand the importance nature plays in everyone’s lives and with it the chance to see it in all its glory at Christmas.

Grace Chamberlain with her father, Rob, join’s Mother Nature – Jill Ferrer - in one of the marsh hides (24414032)
Grace Chamberlain with her father, Rob, join’s Mother Nature – Jill Ferrer - in one of the marsh hides (24414032)

All the children had been active at homehelping wildlife by making things such as bird boxes or picking up litter.

In this winter wonderland, where birds both very rare, such as the secretive Bittern, the Western Marsh Harrier, Pied Avocets and Bearded Reedlings to the more common such as seasonal migrating ducks and geese, was Mother Nature herself in the person of Jill Ferrer, to help them gain a better understanding of a world that existed even before man himself colonised the globe.

To make the day magical all the staff and volunteers dressed up as elves.

And the children’s trip into some of the mysteries of nature began with an introduction to the many different species of birds and animals that make their home amongst the habitat of trees, bushes and scrubland, the salt marshes, the fresh water lagoon, the extensive reed beds and the beach and sea front that make up the reserve.

As well as tucking into a hearty tea, they made more bird boxes and coloured in images of various species of birds and animals before making an after-dark torch-lit trip along a boarded nature trail to one of the sites’ three hides.

There, Mother Nature welcomed them with a surprise present for the work they had done before their visit to help a natural world that is increasingly under pressure from humans.

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