From Wildlife Extra:
Nearly 2500 whooper swans counted at Martin Mere
December 2012. A count of whooper swans confirmed a record number of 2,480 birds at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.
Whooper swans spend the summer in Iceland and winter in the UK. Approximately 7% of the population of whooper swans visit Martin Mere over the winter offering spectacular displays that we call ‘Swan Spectacular’. Everyday, the swans are fed at 10.30am and 3pm from Swan Link hide and at 10.45am and 3.30pm from Raines Observatory. The 3.30pm feed also includes a warden’s talk to learn all about these amazing animals.
Probably more on the way
Centre Manager, Andy Wooldridge, said: “We usually get peak numbers of whooper swans in mid to late December so I still think numbers will continue to rise. The highest previous count was 2,100 in 2010 which also coincided with a cold snap. The recent cold weather has certainly encouraged birds which roost elsewhere to visit Martin Mere allowing us to offer a fantastic spectacle during the swan feeds.”
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.
- Beautiful pictures show how record number of swans have flocked to Britain to enjoy cold snap as snow falls in northern England and Scotland (dailymail.co.uk)
- December weather brings snow to the north – but it’s unlikely to last (guardian.co.uk)
- Endangered Icelandic swans shot during migration (icenews.is)
- Migrating swans in firing line (scotsman.com)
- Wild goose chase in Scotland (tammytourguide.wordpress.com)