Main Street, Titchwell, Nr Kings Lynn, PE31
chance to try quality telescopes and binoculars before you buy
Our Norfolk shop offers you unparalleled viewing
facilities across the marsh and out to sea, offering you the chance to
try and compare from our specialist range of binoculars and telescopes
we stock to suit all budgets. Our non commission based staff can offer
you expert advise, both on the equipment, having over 40 years experience,
and all things ornithological, having over 80 years experience in the
field between us, and on all continents in the world.
So if you want to know what birds are around on the
coast today in Norfolk, or all the latest sightings from around the country,
then pop in for all the latest news. Or if you are planning a trip abroad
we can give you information from around the world, and advise on the best
publications and field guides to most destinations from our comprehensive
Looking for quality used equipment???
Here at Titchwell we keep and update the data
base for all the used equipment held in our other shops nationwide, so
if you have any requests you can call or e mail us with them ,and we will
hold you on file until something suitable for your needs turns up. You
can also part exchange your old equipment for something new or something
better from our used equipment data base, a great way to obtain even more
value for money
Following the tidal surge in December the weather in north Norfolk has
been better than that in much of the country with blustery but mild conditions
and very few frosts. Consequently there has been only limited arrivals
of birds in hard weather movements and in late-February the first signs
of spring are already in the air.
Local bird of the winter was a brief Glossy Ibis that soon headed east
to take up residence in the Glaven Valley for a few weeks. Also up to
2 Barn Owls have been visible from the shop, along with both Marsh and
Hen Harriers heading towards their nearby reedbed roost with the occasional
Red Kite also noted. Wildfowl on the sea nearby have included both Great
Northern and Black-throated Divers, Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes, over
20 Velvet Scoter amongst 5000+ Common Scoter, over 50 Goldeneye and smaller
numbers of Long-tailed Duck and Red-breasted Merganser, with odd records
of Scaup, Smew and Goosander.
Avocet numbers have now reached over 100 at the nearby RSPB reserve with
over 70 Ruff and around 30 Black-tailed Godwit accompanying them. Occasional
sightings of Twite, Water Pipit and Lapland Bunting continue to raise
interest amongst year-listing birders.
Further afield in the county the Richard's Pipit remains at Kelling,
both Parrot and Two-barred Crossbills have remained popular at Holt/Waveney
Forest and Lynford Arboretum/Hoveton Hall respectively, and at least 5
Rough-legged Buzzards have taken up residence across the county. Two Glossy
Ibis at Martham and Great White Egrets in the Nar Valley and at Admiralty
Point have also attracted numerous visitors.
The majority of the Pink-footed Geese have now departed Norfolk but good
numbers of wild swans have been present both in the Fens and in Broadland
Our shop is easy to find on the main coast road (A149) almost opposite
the Briarfields hotel, which offers excellent accommodation being perfectly
located for the reserves of Holme, Titchwell and Snettisham, and if you
are using public transport the Coasthopper bus service runs hourly, we
have our own carpark if you are visiting by car.
For all butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts we now stock the best
range of insect books in Norfolk, supplied to us by Atropos Books, including
the latest issue of the Atropos journal (see www.atropos.info
for more information).
We also have available, at reduced prices, a selection of back-copies
of the now discontinued Birding World journal, if you need to complete
Amogst the top end binoculars the spectacular Swarovision EL 8x32 repeatedly
draws admiration. Less expensive options selling well include the Opticron
Verano HD and Discovery WP PC series, and our own Delta SL2 and SL3 series.
In compact binoculars both the Opticron Taiga and Savanna remain competitvely
priced and extremely popular.
Amongst the smaller 'scopes, the new and highly acclaimed Opticron MM3
50 ED has been received extremely well. In the mid-range to larger 'scopes
the Opticron GS 665 GA and GA ED continue to sell well and recently both
the Swarovski ATS 65 and 80 HD have proven very popular. The Opticron
ES GA 80 ED kit (with SDL v2 zoom and bespoke Lumix Panasonic FS45 digi-scoping
kit) remains as popular as ever.
We also now stock the new Phone Skope digiscoping adapters to allow you
to use your smart phone to take digital pictures through your 'scope .
Adapters are available for Apple iPhone 4/4S & 5/5S and Samsumg Galaxy
S3/S4 in any combination withthe following 'scopes: Kowa TSN 770/880 series,
Nikon MCII, Swarovski ATS/STS, ATM/STM & ATX/STX (at just £69.00).
We also stock an extensive range of tripods, hide clamps and other accessories.
Whatever your optical requirements we will be able to give you both expert
advice and demonstrations to find something to suit your budget.
There really is just one stop you need to make for the best, impartial
optical advice in Norfolk, so please call in for a chat to catch-up on
local bird news, or feel free to telephone or e-mail us.