Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Titchfield Haven NNR 2019
Saturday all day outing

Date: Saturday 27 April 2019 at 09:30

Details:

We left Maidenhead at about 7:15am on a very windy morning and a total of six people made the trip.

We parked the cars at Hill Head Sailing Club. On the coast looking out towards Gosport, we found sanderlings, oystercatchers, turnstones and great black-backed gulls.

Around at the centre, we paid our entrance fee then walked along the coast to the main reserve entrance. There were very few people about so we had nearly all the hides to ourselves.

From the Meon Shore hide we saw hundreds of black-headed gulls, avocets, gadwalls and shovelers. We moved on to the Pumfrett hide, however it was closed, so we continued on to the Spurgin hide. Here was a group of black-tailed Godwits some being in summer plumage and more black-headed gulls.

On the way back to the centre we saw lesser whitethroats and heard whitethroats and Cetti’s warbler. There were sedge warblers low down in the reeds because of the wind.

After lunch we headed down the broad walk trail calling in the Suffern Hide and Knights Bank Hide and saw swallows, swifts, sand martins and also a fox right in front of the hide. On the meadow and river Meon there were little egret, grey heron, great crested grebe and little grebe, in the distance way above the trees were marsh harrier and kestrel.

On the way back we saw orange tip and white butterflies, very few because of the weather.

Arriving back at the car park we had a further look along the coast. There were Brent geese and maybe the best sighting of the day was saved until last - a small group of whimbrel.

The total number of birds seen was 52 and 2 heard which was good considering the weather conditions and only seen by a select few.

 

Titchfield Haven, 27/4/2019, Windy

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Brent Goose

Shelduck

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Shoveler

Pheasant

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Marsh Harrier

Moorhen

Coot

Avocet

Oystercatcher

Lapwing

Whimbrel

Black-tailed Godwit

Turnstone

Sanderling

Common Tern

Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Swift

Kestrel

Magpie

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Swallow

House Martin

Cetti's Warbler (H)

Chiffchaff

Blackcap

Lesser Whitethroat

Whitethroat (H)

Sedge Warbler

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Robin

Dunnock

House Sparrow

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Reed Bunting

52 Bird Species seen plus 2 heard

Other Wildlife

Fox

Cabbage White

Orange Tip

6 People

 
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Titchfield Haven

We meet at 9:30am, outside the visitor centre entrance.This weekend is one when London Camera Exchange are present on the viewing balcony with their "Binocular & Telescope Show".

Update 25 April - The reserve's "Early Bird Spring Opening" from 5:30am (sunrise at 5:45am) has been cancelled due to the weather forecast. 

Reserve habitats, 369 acres of  - reed beds, river, scrapes, pools, ditches, scrub, flood meadows.

More birds can be found around the adjacent Hill Head harbour with its shingle beach, mudflats and boat park. There is also a Titchfield Canal walk, giving excellent views into Posbrook Meadows.

Probable species - geese, ducks, herons, avocet, black-tailed godwit, sanderling, turnstone, oystercatcher, lapwing, dunlin, redshank, snipe, gulls, tits, warblers, finches, reed bunting.

Possible species -spoonbill, curlew, marsh harrier, sparrowhawk, kestrel, goldcrest, tree sparrow, bullfinch, woodpeckers and water vole.

If very lucky - water rail, bittern, garganey, scaup, pintail, eider, merganser, whinchat, yellowhammer, wheatear, whitethroats, osprey, plovers, bearded tit.

The reserve charges - Adults £4.25, Senior Citizens/Students £4, Children (5 to 15 years) £2, Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £10

Visitor centre with -

  • Tea room - Hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, cake. Indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Shop - Tickets for the reserve, latest wildlife sightings, books, bird food & feeders, gifts, and bags of duck food.
  • Toilets

Eight hides, connected by surfaced paths and wooden boardwalks. A flat walk of under four miles to visit all the hides.

Click here for information about the Titchfield Haven NNR reserve

Click here to see the report of our 2017 visit

There is a small, free, car park on Cliff Road, PO14 3JT.   SU535023   50°49'5.16"N 1°14'28.52"W
Click for a map of the car park location
Plus much more free, roadside, parking west along Cliff Road.