Trip report: Titchfield Haven 02 May 2019


© Richard Coomber

Adrian and Kay arranged this coach trip to Titchfield Haven NNR and as usual it was well supported. On arrival we checked-in through the reserve’s visitor centre and set off to explore the trails and to visit various hides that overlooked scrapes, lagoons and marshes.

By far the most conspicuous birds were the noisy Black-headed Gulls, but the scrapes also held a variety of other species including Avocets, Shelduck and some migrant shorebirds including Bar-tailed Godwit and Dunlin. From the surrounding willows and other trees sang Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, whilst in the reeds and adjacent scrub Reed

Greater Pond Sedge

© Richard Coomber

Bunting, Reed and Sedge Warblers and Common Whitethroat were found. Also seen were Common and Sandwich Terns, Marsh Harrier, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe. A Merlin was heard, but only as a Spitfire flew over!

Although the weather was overcast a few butterflies, such as Brimstone and Orange-tip,  ventured forth and along the ditches and water margins grew Comfrey, Yellow Iris and various grasses and sedges including Greater and Lesser Pond Sedges.

Our thanks to Adrian and Kay for arranging the trip and to the driver of Solent Coaches for negotiating roads that probably don’t see many coaches – Thank you! RC