Cold weather brings highest swan count at WWT Martin Mere

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Cold temperatures have resulted in WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre recording their highest number of whooper swans in 2014/2015. This morning our dedicated staff and volunteers have counted 1720 whooper swans on the mere, which is a record number for this migration year, running from September to March.

As the region is experiencing a cold snap, these icy temperatures have resulted in swans migrating further south from Scotland settling at Martin Mere until March.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is offering the opportunity to witness its spectacular swan feeds twice a day until the 15th March. The feeds will take place at 3pm at the Swan Link Hide followed by a second feeding taking place at the heated Raines Observatory at 3.30pm along with a talk and a Q&A from one of our dedicated volunteers should you have any questions about these special birds.

The swans fly away from Martin Mere to spend the summer months in Iceland where they have almost 24 hours sunlight in order to breed and give birth to their signets.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see these magnificent creatures before they fly away in mid March.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) 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 to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.

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