Rare stork makes a 600th anniversary year visit to Welney

A white stork makes a rare visit to the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's Welney Washes
Picture: WWT Welney

A white stork makes a rare visit to the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's Welney Washes Picture: WWT Welney

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Birders flocked to see a rare Polish visitor to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s Welney Washes reserve at the weekend when a white stork arrived.

Only about 20 storks are spotted in the UK each year, so the visit caused a stir, even if it did not turn up carrying a baby.

A trust spokesman said today: “The white stork began and ended its day on the pool of Lady Fen that is right next to the visitor centre, providing great views from the Wigeon café and veranda.”

It’s presence became a hit on social media as news spread of the visit.

This is an anniversary year for white storks in Britain – they were last recorded breeding here in 1416.