Martin Mere

Midweek Visiter - - Martin Mere - News from the Wild­fowl & Wet­lands Trust

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.

TIM BRA­MALL

A flock of whooper swans at Martin Mere

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