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Bird watching festival returns to Burscough

Bird watching festival returns to Burscough

by Henry James (October 2021)

WWT Martin Mere in Burscough’s annual extravaganza and the only bird fair in 2021, the North West Bird Watching Festival, returns this weekend and organisers are promising that it is an event not to be missed.

It will take place this Saturday (October 16) and Sunday (October 17) and those taking part can hear from a wide range of guest speakers, speak to optic experts, discover waterfowl and bird ringing, browse exhibitors selling books, birdwatching holidays and enjoy the spectacle of the autumn migration.

Open from 8am, the event is timed to watch the spectacle of thousands of pink-footed geese leave the roost before visitors head for breakfast in Mere Side Café.

The centre is open until 7pm on the Saturday to watch up to 30,000 pink-footed geese return to the roost, making this a full day out to enjoy from dawn till dusk with amazing photographic opportunities.

There’ll be a range of talks on throughout each day, with topics including Dan Rouse’s Brilliant and Bizarre birds, from dream to reality: the creation of Gorse Hill Nature Reserve and 75 years of conservation from WWT.

Throughout the weekend, there’ll be opportunities to access the reserve and get up close to species to get the best photos including guided reserve walks each day, photography workshops with Alan Hewitt that will be full of tips and tricks for getting the most out of a camera, waterfowl talks and feeds, guided boat tours and ringing demonstrations on both waterfowl and smaller species.

Optic demonstrators include Viking Optics, Leica, Kowa, Zeiss and Swarovski, will be on hand to give visitors all the advice they need and the opportunity to try out products.

The weekend will be a great opportunity to netwrk with like-minded people and meet some of the best experts in the industry.

Tickets for all speakers and activities are available to collect on the day. Normal admission charges apply. For further event information, guest speakers and a detailed list of exhibitors, visit: www.wwt.org.uk/nwbwf

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