Abstract During the early 1970s, the RSPB bought all the tidal marsh in the parish of Titchwell, Norfolk, and developed a quarter of it primarily for the benefit of birds. Changes included the formation of freshwater reedbed, open freshwater marsh and open brackish marsh. These areas attracted new breeding species such as Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus, Eurasian Bittern Botaurus s

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