Friday, 20 May 2016

Spring into life with a visit to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands this half term

Family on the trail

Take a walk on the wild side this May half-term and admire nature’s new arrivals. The team at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands is inviting visitors to have fun taking part in two seasonal quiz trails around the nature reserve and join in a day of wildflower-themed activities.
Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager at the reserve, said: “Spring is a fantastic time of year here; not only is the weather encouraging us to spend more time outdoors, the wildlife is enthralling too. Lots of wildflowers – the orchids are my favourite – are just starting to bloom. We are also seeing  new fuzzy chicks every day as birds around the pools and trees welcome their young into the world.”
“Our Wild Wednesday event gives families the chance to plant a sunflower to take home and help attract bees to their garden, then get creative by making a fantastic butterfly feeder using nothing more than a paper plate, coloured pens and a milk bottle lid!”
In addition, families visiting the reserve can follow the Wetland Wildlife quiz trail every day up until the end of May to discover what sort of wildlife is thriving in the rich wetland there. For the latter half of the week the Wonderful Wildflowers quiz trail will introduce visitors to the beautiful array of flowers which decorate the reserve through the warmer months. A special prize will be offered to any families who complete both trails during the half term holiday.
Dan added “Don’t forget, there’s loads of other fun stuff to do here too like hiring a Wildlife Explorer backpack, complete with minibeast kit, mini binoculars, and colouring – as well as den building or even just enjoying a picnic with family and friends.” 
The Wetland Wildlife self-led quiz trail is available daily from 9.30 am-4.30 pm until Tuesday 31 May. The Wonderful Wildflowers self-led quiz trail is available from  9.30 am-4.30 pm from Wednesday 1 June onwards. The Wild Wednesday event will be held on Wednesday 1 June from 10 am-4 pm. All activities are free of charge but donations are welcome. Normal reserve admission charges apply for non-RSPB members (RSPB members free).
For more information on the reserve and its activities, please call the reserve on 0151 353 8478 or check out the website

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