Adopt a moorhen?

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Adopt a moorhen?

A black-headed gull has adopted a moorhen chick at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

Centre Manager, Nick Brooks, said: “this is extremely unusual. It appears as though the black-headed gull has taken over a moorhen nest, but instead of preying on the moorhen chick the gull is actively feeding the bird. I have never seen anything like this.”

The nest can be viewed from the in focus hide at WWT Martin Mere and contains two black-headed gull chicks and one moorhen chick.  The adult bird is looking after all of the chicks and chasing off any adult moorhens that are coming close to the nest.

This time of year is fantastic to see new life develop on wetlands. As well as black-headed gull chicks, there is also lapwing chicks, redshank chicks and much more to see on our 600 acre reserve.

WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm 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 to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.




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