Main Street, Titchwell, Nr King’s Lynn, PE31 8BB
Telephone 01485 210101
Titchwell opening hours:
Open every day including Bank Holidays
March to October 9.30am – 5.00pm
November to February 9.30am – 4.30pm
Staff: Vernon Eve (manager)
Our shop is easy to find; in Titchwell village on the main coast road (A149), almost opposite Briarfields hotel, which offers excellent accommodation being perfectly located for the reserves at Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy, Holkham, Holme, Titchwell and Snettisham. If you are using public transport the Norfolk Coasthopper bus service runs hourly with a request stop outside the shop. We have our own car-park if you are visiting by car.
A chance to field test quality telescopes and binoculars before you buy
Our Norfolk shop offers you unparalleled viewing facilities across the marsh and out to sea, giving you the chance to try and compare from our specialist stock of binoculars and telescopes suiting all budgets. Our expert, non-commission-based staff, with a combined total of almost 100-years of field experience between them in both in the UK and around the world, can offer you advice on both equipment and all things ornithological.
If you want to know what birds are around locally, or elsewhere in Norfolk, or all the new bird sightings from around the country, then please call in for all the latest news. Alternatively, if you are planning a trip abroad we are happy to offer information from around the world, and advise on the best publications and field guides to most destinations from our comprehensive book stock and field experience.
Looking for quality used equipment?
At Titchwell we hold and maintain the In focus database for all the used equipment held in our seven shops nationwide. So you can either call in, telephone, or e-mail us with your used equipment requests and we will hold your details on our database until we take-in something suitable for your needs, at which point we will contact you. You can also part-exchange your used equipment for something new, or something better, from our used equipment database, a great way to obtain even more value for money.
Autumn migration was late arriving in Norfolk this year with September being particularly unremarkable, the best bird perhaps being the juvenile pallid harrier at Welney WWT on 22nd.
The first week in October saw more birds arriving with great grey shrike, barred warbler and several yellow-browed warblers appearing on 7th. By 15th a number of scarce migrants had made landfall with Pallas’s warbler, little bunting, rose-coloured starling and red-flanked bluetail all being recorded, with a common rosefinch the following day at Holme. The first waxwings arrived late in Oct with a single Gt. Yarmouth on 24th followed by 3 through Titchwell the following day. Also on the 24th a an eastern stonechat arrived at Kelling, its pallid appearance causing quite a stir. Fortunately, with a little lateral thinking, the bird deposited a DNA sample on a wooden post that was duly collected with the result of a positive identification following DNA analysis of the County’s first (proven) Stejneger’s stonechat. The last day of October saw the arrival of an eclipse drake king eider off the seafront at Sheringham and the first Coue’s Arctic redpoll of the autumn was on Blakeney Point.
Into November and the usual wintering flocks of Shorelark (Holkham Bay) and twite (Thornham and Blakeney Freshes) took up residence, albeit in relatively low numbers. November also saw an influx of rough-legged buzzards, with 4 on one date at Horsey, and singles at other sites. Mid-month saw warm southerly winds and the hoped for influx of several pallid swifts, though the exact number of birds was difficult to evaluate as at least one bird (with a distinctive misplaced wing feather) was recorded at a number of locations along the east coast of Britain. Late November saw further records of Coues’s Arctic redpolls (Wells), a small number (at least 2) parrot crossbills in a mixed crossbill flock at St. Faiths (Near Norwich), another (or perhaps the same) Pallas’s warbler at Wells and the first returning Taiga Bean Geese in the Yare valley.
As winter prepares to take hold, raptors are the current theme at the Titchwell shop with marsh and hen harrier, kestrel and sparrowhawk seen daily and regular sightings of red kite and common buzzard plus occasional rough-legged buzzard, merlin and peregrine. Local wintering spotted redshanks and greenshanks frequent the local saltmarshes and harbours and local seabirds include black-throated and great northern divers, red-necked and slavonian grebes, with a black-necked grebe appearing at Thornham on the first day of December.
Good birding for the rest of the year.