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RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands opens (1 Viewer)

bradinho

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A Dee-lightful new place to go wild


There is now a fantastic new natural attraction to visit on the Wirral. RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, at Burton near Neston, is opening to the public on Saturday 24 September.

Locals and tourists alike are invited to visit and take a relaxing walk to experience the sights and sounds of the wonderful wildlife on the Dee Estuary.

Thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Rural Development Programme for England, Biffaward, WREN, SITA Trust, Natural England and English Heritage, and other trusts, legacies and corporate support, over the last three years the RSPB has been transforming the land to make this new nature reserve fantastic for both wildlife and people.

New visitor facilities have been built which include a reception building where RSPB staff will welcome visitors and point out the wildlife that can be seen in the newly created pools and wetlands. The impressive panoramic views stretch for miles over the Estuary with the Welsh hills as a backdrop.

Children from local Bishop Wilson CofE Primary School have already been given a sneak preview and came to do some pond dipping to see what creatures live beneath the water. They were joined by Iolo Williams, TV wildlife presenter of BBC Springwatch, who got stuck in and inspired the class about the wildlife they found.

Iolo Williams said “This nature reserve is a brilliant example of a place which is not only fantastic for wildlife but is now a great place for people to come and visit and get excited about nature”

Colin Wells, RSPB Site manager said “It’s really satisfying to see the final results of all our hard work. We see more and more wildlife all the time and it’s wonderful to be able to share it all with visitors now”.

The nature trails which meander through the newly planted reedbeds are already alive with all sorts of birds and creatures and Burton pools have lily pads and colourful wild flowers all around.

The wildlife changes there throughout the seasons. At this time of year there are plenty of ducks and water birds as well as kingfishers and white herons called little egrets which can be seen fishing. Some of the wildlife is much more secretive, but there are brown hares, water voles, badgers and harvest mice living there too.

Together with Morecambe Bay, and the Ribble and Mersey estuaries, the Dee forms part of Europe’s most important wetlands network for migrating birds, hosting almost a million every year.

As a special treat everyone can visit for free until Sunday 2 October and there will be regular guided walks and family wildlife challenges to enjoy throughout this time.

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands nature reserve is open daily, with the reception building open from 9.30 am to 5 pm. The reserve is just 10 minutes from the M56. To get there turn off the A540 (Chester High Road), signposted ‘The Craxton Wood Hotel’ and the entrance is located down Puddington Lane, near Bishop Wilson Primary School.

To find out more about RSPB Burton Mere nature reserve please visit www.rspb.org.uk/deeestuary, phone 0151 336 7681 or email: [email protected]
 

the black fox

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taken today from new hide

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got to admit after a rather slow start saturday todays return visit pleasantly surprised me ,loads of visitors but more importantly the wildlife seems to have adapted very quickly to the human race ,the egret was taken from the east side of the covert hide and five minutes later we were treated to a superb flying display by a marsh harrier on the west side ,i think this reserve is going to be the in place for the wirral and also only a short hop into north wales ,well done rspb
 
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delia todd

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That really looks like it's a lovely place to go.

Are they your own pictures Himalaya? Any chance of uploading a couple here as thumbnails?

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Himalaya

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A photo from a walking trail in Inner Marsh farm form 18 sept 2011.
 

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More photos from what was Inner Marsh Farm ad now is Burton Mere Wetland Complex from 3 weeks ago.
 

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delia todd

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What great pictures you've posted there H. I could do with some info about what each picture is looking at (or where they're looking from.

It really looks like a wonderful place to visit.

And belatedly the penny dropped (I think).... IMF no longer exists, right? It's now BMW?

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Himalaya

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It has gone from one power set of letters to another! There was only one hide at the reserve formely known as IMF - so the photos are taken on the trail to the hide and whatever the hide over looks.

I luckily went on a nice day. We saw Peregrine, Little Stint (lifer), Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Dunlin, Little Egret, Buzzard, Raven, Sparrowhawk. A group of jackdaws were harassing the Curlew Sandpipers too.
 

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