to October 9.30am - 5.30pm
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.
With Autumn coming to an end and winter on its way, migration is in full swing still and attention focuses on big numbers of winter visitors arriving, these include Thrushes, Starlings and Finches all in impressive flocks pouring westward.
Passerines passage recently has included very high numbers of Hawfinches irrupting from the continent. Normally considered a rare passage migrant up to 50 birds in a single morning have been recorded flying south along Hunstanton cliffs recently. Although we have recorded Hawfinch from the shop once, a single bird flying west 15 years ago, we have seen 2 fly through so far in this irruption.
Also returning waterfowl are much in evidence, with
large numbers of Brent and Pink footed Geese already here. And some more
unusual geese in amongst them, Taiga Bean geese, White fronted and a possible
Grey bellied Brent at large. We are entering an exciting period for wildfowl
Scare visitors along the coast this Autumn have included a long staying Cattle egret at Stiffkey, White billed Diver in east Norfolk, Raddes Warbler at Holkham and of course the highly popular Pallas's grasshopper warbler on Burnham overy sea wall. This bird attracting a lot of media coverage, for all the wrong reasons!.
Good birding for the rest of the year.
New Products and Best Sellers
For all butterfly, moth, dragonfly (and other insect) enthusiasts, we now stock the most comprehensive range of insect books in Norfolk, supplied to us by Atropos Books, including the latest issue of the Atropos journal (see www.atropos.info for more information).
Amongst the binoculars, the spectacular Swarovision EL 8x32 and 10x32 remain in much demand, being the lightest, sharpest, and brightest binocular your money can buy at the top end of the range. The Swarovision EL 8.5x42 and 10x42 also remain very popular. Zeiss products include the impressive Victory SF 8x42 and 10x42, whilst the Nikon Monarch HG 8x42 and 10x42 represent excellent value for money.
Less expensive options selling very well are the Opticron DBA VHD range and the new Imagic VHD The Delta SL3 8x42 and 10x42 continue to sell very well at just £349, with the new super-lightweight Traveller MG 8x32 also performing very well.
In compact binoculars the Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25 and 10x25 offer spectacular viewing whilst less expensive but optically good options include the Opticron Taiga 8x25 and the newly re-vamped Opticron Aspheric 8x25.
Some excellent deals are currently available on Opticron straight scopes, both in travel-size and larger (see Home page to navigate to current deals).
The newly-launched Opticron MM4 60 ED has been well-received and looks set to become the best-selling of the small travel-scopes available today. The superb Swarovski ATS 65 HD continues to sell well at this competitive price for a high end mid-sized scope.
In the larger scopes, whilst demand for the multi-modular Swarovski ATX series increases, the Swarovski ATS 80 HD, the Opticron ES GA 80 ED and HR 80 GA ED kits remain as popular as ever, particularly for use as phone-scoping kits
The easy-to-use Phone Skope digi-scoping adapters have proved popular, as have the bespoke Opticron smart-phone adapters, both allowing digi-scoping to your smart-phone. Adapters are available for Apple iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S, 6/6S & 7 and Samsung Galaxy range in any combination with the following 'scopes: Kowa TSN 770/880 series, Nikon MCII, Swarovski ATS/STS, ATM/STM & ATX/STX and with the Opticron HDF/SDL zooms.
We also stock an extensive range of tripods (carbon fibre, lightweight travel and standard alloy), hide clamps and other accessories. Whatever your optical requirements we will be able to give you both expert advice and demonstrations to find something to suit your budget.
Our staff at Titchwell take pride in offering quality customer care and many of our clients return time after time to either purchase goods or merely to seek advice.
We will always consider part-exchange trade-ins on both new and used stock, offering both fair and competitive prices.
There really is only one stop you need to make in Norfolk for the best, impartial, optical advice so please call in for a demonstration, to view our stock, or just to catch-up on the local birding scene and news.
Thank-you to all our customers for their continued support.