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Titchwell Marsh RSPB reserve 2016
Saturday COACH trip

Date: Saturday 10 September 2016 at 07:00

Details:

On a wet but warm Saturday morning, 21 of us arrived at Braywick to join the coach taking us up to Titchwell in Norfolk. This is the longest coach trip that we run but we made reasonable time and arrived at about 10:45am, which gave us about five hours of birding.

Having all dressed for the wet weather conditions, some went directly to the coast and others went straight to the hides. Those that went to the coast saw Arctic Skua, Cormorant and Common Scoter. From the hides we saw some very good waders including Little Stint, Ruff, Black Tailed and Bar Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Turnstones, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Knot, Grey and Golden Plovers, a Curlew and a Curlew Sandpiper. We also had good views of four Spoonbills and all the usual ducks including Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shelduck, but no Gargany or Red-crested Pochard which had been reported.

Most people stayed in the hide for a spot of lunch and tried to dry out, then after lunch we mainly stayed in the hides to see Bearded Tits, Read Warblers, Common Tern, Sandwich Terns and Little Grebe. By 2:45pm we all needed to go for Hot Chocolate and a bacon bap which I would recommend. We then had a walk round the shop and made our way back to the coach because of the bad weather. A good birding day with 83 birds seen, 1 heard and 21 very wet people.

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Titchwell Marsh, 10/9/2016, Rain, rain

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Shelduck

Wigeon

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Pintail

Shoveler

Tufted Duck

Common Scoter

Pheasant

Gannet

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Spoonbill

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Marsh Harrier

Kestrel

Water Rail

Moorhen

Coot

Avocet

Oystercatcher

Golden Plover

Grey Plover

Lapwing

Ringed Plover

Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Gotwit

Turnstone

Knot

Ruff

Curlew Sandpiper

Sanderling

Dunlin

Little Stint

Common Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank

Redshank

Snipe

Arctic Skua

Black Tern

Sandwich Tern

Common Tern

Black-headed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Greater Black-backed Gull

Rock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove

Swift

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Bearded Tit

Swallow

House Martin

Cetti's Warbler (Heard)

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Reed warbler

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Robin

Stonechat

Wheatear

House Sparrow

Yellow Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Goldfinch

Linnet

Reed Bunting

83 Bird Species seen plus 1 heard

Grey Squirrel

Rabbit

Dead Frog

Seal

Dragonfly

Small Tortoiseshell

21 People

 
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view of titchwell RSPB reserve

One of the most visited reserves on the North Norfolk coast. We are visiting in autumn when there could be 20 species of waders on the reserve. Expect curlew sandpiper, little stint and black-tailed godwit on migration from the Arctic to Africa. Autumn is also a good time to see bearded tits and spoonbill. Habitats include reedbeds, freshwater marsh, tidal marsh, sand dunes and a North Sea beach.

Facilities include -

  • Free entry
  • Visitor centre
  • Information centre
  • Toilets
  • Tearoom serving hot and cold drinks, hot and cold meals, snacks, ice cream
  • Shop selling optics, books, gifts, bird food and feeders
  • Picnic area
  • Binocular hire
  • Guided walks available
  • Four hides, viewpoints, five signposted trails. 
  • From visitor centre to beach and back via hides = 2.7Km
  • From visitor centre to the end of the Autumn trail and back via hides = 2.8Km

Click here for the report of our visit to Titchwell in 2014

Click here for more information about the reserve

Coach trip details -

  • Full payment of £20.00 is required on booking. For under 16s the full cost is only £10.00. All money will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.
  • For bookings and any other details, email Helen Pearson , or call Helen on 01628 639648 and leave a voicemail, or see Helen at a meeting. Please book at least one week in advance, preferably much earlier.
  • The coach leaves promptly at 7.00 am from the lay-by in front of the entrance to Braywick Park (Braywick Sports Ground), Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1DX. There is a free car park inside the park. Please arrive in good time.
  • Consider bringing a packed lunch and any drinks or snacks that you may require.
  • This coach trip involves a journey time of over three hours each way. During the journey, comfort stops will be made if possible.
  • The coach has room for large items such as telescopes, tripods, hampers and camera bags.