Watch a dawn spectacle at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre (near Southport)

Watch a dawn spectacle at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

 WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is hosting two dawn flight events in October as thousands of Pink-footed geese undertake their migration from Iceland, stopping at WWT Martin Mere on their way to create an autumn wildlife spectacle.

The events, on Saturday 12 October and Saturday 26 October, begin at 7am with an early morning walk to see the spectacle of thousands of geese leave the roost, before enjoying a full English breakfast in Mere Side Cafe.

Centre Manager, Nick Brooks, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity to get some magical photographs as geese fill the sky at dawn. The noise is often deafening and it is one of nature’s greatest sights; only available to watch for up to three weeks before they continue on their migration.”

The event costs £15 per person and you must book in advance by calling 01704 895181 due to limited availability.

There are currently 5000 pink footed geese at WWT Martin Mere and numbers are expected to rise to as much as 30,000 over the next few weeks.

WWT Martin Mere welcomes thousands of migratory birds to its 650 acre nature reserve every year. The pink-footed geese will travel from Iceland to spend the winter in southern Britain, and they use WWT Martin Mere almost as a service station to rest and re-fuel for up to three weeks before continuing on their journey.

WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5pm 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 centres.

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