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Springtime at Martin Mere

 

Black Swan cygnets at Martin Mere

AFTER one of the mildest and wettest winters on record, days are getting longer, buds are bursting into bloom and across the country, new life is stirring a little earlier than usual.

Watch baby ducklings flamingos, cygnets and goslings take their first steps, watch frogs and dormice emerge from hibernation, see the sky light up with swans migrating back to their Arctic homes, and watch out for the intriguing mating rituals of birds.

Springtime across Britain is a picture-perfect time of year, and is a chance to shed the layers, step away from the sofa and make some unforgettable memories outdoors.

There’s no better way to soak up the sights and sounds of new life than at a Wetland Centre, with close-up wildlife experiences, walks and talks and downy duckling tours. Just being close to water and seeing the wildlife that clusters around it is an unforgettable family experience.

At WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre there are fluffy Hawaiian Geese goslings, Coot chicks, and Black Swan cygnets. The cygnets are the newest arrival born on Tuesday, April 8.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is a haven for a host of creatures such as otters, flamingos, beavers, kingfishers, geese and swans.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm during summer months and from 9.30am to 4.30pm during winter months and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations. Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.

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