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Holidaying near Snettisham and Titchwell

RSPB Snettisham

The RSPB reserve at Snettisham is situated halfway between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton. Comprised chiefly of mudflats, salt marsh and lagoons out in the Wash it is renowned for wading birds and waterfowl. The seasonal changes bring Avocets, Bar-Tailed Godwits, Knots, Pink-Footed Geese and Shelducks among numerous others to this unspoilt corner of East Anglia. Always open and accessible there are various trails and paths to follow and several hides for the visitor to enjoy. A word of advice check the RSPB  “Birdwatchers’ Tide Tables” for the area, so as to choose the best tides for seeing the waders in action. If in need of refreshment there is the Rose & Crown, a family friendly pub in the village.

The site faces west and so can be blessed with glorious sunsets and if you are fortunate you might leave at dusk with the memorable sight of a barn owl hovering silently over the salt marsh. Staying in this area allows the visitor a choice of delightful Glaven Valley accomodation and a chance to also visit nearby Titchwell.

Titchwell Broad

Situated on the North Norfolk coast between Thornham and Brancaster, Titchwell Broad is a delight for both experienced birdwatchers and for those just embarking on a new interest. Owned and maintained by the RSPB the reserve has a varied habitat that is comprised of reed beds, salt marsh and freshwater lagoons as well as a sandy beach and a small area of woodland. The birds most associated with Titchwell are Avocets, Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tits and Bitterns. A wealth of wading birds and wildfowl along with migratory species can be observed in the modern Parrinder hide which provides fine views of both the saltwater marsh and the freshwater lagoons. Or if a more traditional hide is more appealing there are several located on the site easily reached on the boardwalks. There are volunteers to offer advice, a Visitor’s Centre, café and shop and activities for children too.

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