THROUGH the eyes of Virginia and Sigrunn, discover why Martin Mere is the only place in the North West that welcomes thousands of Whooper swans over winter.
Every year, around 2,000 whooper swans migrate to WWT Martin Mere from Iceland and spend the winter on the mere.
To celebrate these amazing swans, we’ve got a number of swan-themed activities at the centre from December to February.
In our exhibition hall we have our swan pipe experience which is a brilliant opportunity to put yourself in the place of a swan during a catch.
You’ll be able to go through a replica swan pipe; try on a swan jacket that we use to catch swans; learn how we take measurements including the wingspan of swans; weigh yourself in swan weight; and create your own swan ring to keep as a souvenir of your experience. You can also witness one of the most beautiful sights in nature as upto 2,000 Whooper swans come up close to the Discovery Hide for their daily feed at 3pm.
Our rangers will tell you all about the swan’s migration from Iceland and why Martin Mere is the perfect wintering spot, as well as lots of other facts about Whooper swans and our amazing wetland centre.
For younger ones curious about nature we have our Discovery Trail.
Collect a booklet on arrival and explore our grounds to find the answers to questions such as how fast do swans fly, and how far do they travel.
The discovery tail is a great way to spend some time exploring as a family and learning as you go.
As well as the discovery trail, you can learn all about WWT’s conservation work both past, present and future by taking a look at the WWT Conservation Exhibition in our exhibition hall. WWT is a pioneer in wetland conservation – our scientists and conservationists have led the way for more than 70 years.
This winter, wrap up warm and come and enjoy the great outdoors at Martin Mere. You can find out more about A Tale of Two Swans and all our other events throughout the winter months at wwt.org.uk/martin-mere.
A flock of whooper swans at Martin Mere