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Located on the north coast of Norfolk, between the villages of Titchwell and Thornham, Titchwell Marsh is blessed with diverse habitats that include reedbeds, saltmarsh and freshwater lagoons where avocets, bearded tits and marsh harriers nest. There's also a wide sandy beach here, which offers extensive views across The Wash.
Titchwell is renowned for its wading birds, wildfowl and geese. These gather in significant numbers from mid autumn onwards and with the arrival of migrant birds from Scandanavia and Northern Europe the fresh water lagoons are soon filled with a variety of resident species and visitors.
During autumn, marsh harriers can be seen soaring low over reedbeds as the light falls but in spring, visitors can watch them spiralling high overhead in a courtship skydance.
Avocets, the RSPB emblem bird, can be seen on the fresh marsh all year round but in late spring they will be guarding newly hatched fluffy chicks. At this time of year it's possible to hear the mating calls of two wetland birds familiar to Titchwell's visitors. Listen out for the booming call of the bittern from deep within the reedbeds whilst alongside the West Bank path, the metallic 'ping-ping' of the much smaller bearded tits can be heard above the rustle of the reeds.
Main Rd, Titchwell, King's Lynn PE31 8BB, UK