There is a distinctive atmosphere about Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve: an almost reverential hush punctuated by the evocative call of the curlew. There is even, with the isolated exception, an absence of mobile phones! Voices are mezzo piano rather than forte. Movements are unrushed and controlled to avoid disruption or distraction. There is a tacit acknowledgement that we are in the birds’ domain and it is a privilege to be admitted.
Regrettably, the quality of the photos is not good. They were taken on a grey day with a handheld compact camera and most of the birds were at least 100 yards away. But I hope they convey something of the sense of place.
Titchwell Marsh (adjacent to Thornham marshes) is a 420 acres Royal Society for the Protection of Birds nature and bird reserve. It is an area of salt marshes and freshwater lagoons and is the home to thousands of birds as well as being a stopping off point for migrating varieties.
Thornham Harbour, North Norfolk (see https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/thornham-harbour/ ) is located on a narrow strip of coast designated both as an Area of Natural Beauty and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reed beds, salt marshes, freshwater lagoons and beaches provide important habitats for wildlife.
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Once an active small harbour, Thornham Harbour, North Norfolk, has become a mooring at the end of a muddy creek. From the harbour to the sea is a 20 minute walk across salt marshes at low tide, although with spring tides, there is extensive flooding. In addition to its legitimate trading purposes, in the eighteenth century the harbour became notorious for its smuggling activities – wool, tea, tobacco, alcohol etc.
(See also https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/left-high-and-dry/ )
Attached to the side of the abandoned boat in Thornham Harbour is the following request: