Martin Mere expecting 40,000 pink footed geese this autumn

Martin Mere expecting 40,000 pink footed geese this autumn

by Henry James (October 2020)

BOSSES at WWT Martin Mere are expecting 40,000 pink footed geese to touch down at the site this autumn – a spectacle they say does not happen anywhere else in the world.

A total of 20,000 geese are already at the Burscough site with numbers rising daily.

Pink-footed geese spend the breeding season in Iceland and then migrate to the UK for the winter, stopping off in the North West to re-fuel before continuing with the migration.

Nick Brooks from WWT said: “Our WWT wetland centre is an ideal places to immerse yourself in nature and there is no better time to see what the wetlands in your area have to offer than autumn.

“Seeing thousands of thousands of geese flying overhead and whiffling down to the mere is one of natures greatest spectacles – but they are only here for a short time!

“At the moment they are really active during the day and are constantly flying in and out of the site so you are guaranteed great views.”

Autumn is considered the best time of year to explore wetlands whatever the weather. A spokesperson for Martin Mere said: “They provide an abundance of space and fresh air for nature lovers to enjoy endless skies and epic sunsets. Comfortable hides, situated throughout all our reserves, ensure visitors can protect themselves from the elements without missing out on amazing seasonal scenes.”

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre has the ‘We’re Good to Go’ stamp of approval, a UK-wide industry standard which has been developed in partnership with Visit England, Tourism Northern Ireland, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales.

The accreditation means visitors can rest assured that WWT is doing everything to ensure they operate within the relevant government and public health guidance for managing coronavirus risk. These measures include managing numbers on site, ensuring social distancing and thorough cleaning regimes.

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