I watched the old Parrinder Hide being bulldozed during my last visit to Titchwell RSPB in summer 2009. I returned today to find it had been replaced by a pretty major structure with sleek rooflines, swish glass windows and funky stools instead of benches. This is all part of the RSPB's response to coastal change in the area, accepting the inevitability of erosion and rising sea levels and rolling back inland to a new line of defence - a serious piece of engineering.
Human visitors have different views on this change - but this Avocet (top), photographed from the path, and Ruff (below), seen from the hide, seemed to be taking it all in their stride.
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