RSPB Titchwell to host festival for wading birds

Golden Plover and the Parrinder Hide at RSPB Titchwell Marsh.

Golden Plover and the Parrinder Hide at RSPB Titchwell Marsh. - Credit: Archant

Nature reserves around the north west Norfolk are home to thousands of the birds at this time of year, and a festival dedicated to a specific variety.

Avocet waders which are seen on the north west Norfolk coast

Avocet waders which are seen on the north west Norfolk coast - Credit: Archant

RSPB Titchwell Marsh, near Hunstanton, hosts over 30 species of wading birds which are attracted to its various habitats.

The brackish lagoons, tidal salt marshes and open beach offer them perfect conditions.

Among the birds is the iconic avocet, featured on the RSPB's emblem, with its distinctively patterned black and white body and long up-curved beak.

Spoonbills, tall white water waterbirds with long spatulate black bills and long black legs can also be spotted.

And to celebrate their presence, the reserve is organising the first ever Wader Fest on 28 and 29 November.

Robert Parkin, artist and conservationist, will be leading the activities on offer over the weekend.

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He will be talking about his work in the Parrinder Hide, and sharing his enthusiasm for nature and conservation.

The festival is being organised in conjunction with Wader Quest, an independent charity which raises awareness about waders which are also in abundance at the RSPB Snettisham reserve.

- Wader Fest will take place between 10am and 4pm at the RSPB Titchwell Marsh reserve. For more information call 01485 210779 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/titchwell

- Are you organising a festival? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk