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Hundreds attend Festival of Swans at Welney Wetlands and Wildfowl Centre

More than 700 people turned out for this year’s Festival of Swans held at the Welney Wetlands and Wildfowl Centre over the weekend.

The festival not only included the usual winter feeding sessions but also two added ones where early risers could enjoy watching the sunrise feed.

Swans at Welney Wetlands Trust. (6626269)
Swans at Welney Wetlands Trust. (6626269)

As usual the event included a host of special talks and activities including a guide walk by BBC Spring Watch and One Show presenter Mike Dilger, who also had the honour of feeding the swans at the 3.30pm feed. Mike also led a master class in capturing nature on film in the centre’s wildlife photography hide, which Emma Brand, of Welney WWT, said proved very popular.

For younger visitors there was a chance to make a bird feeder and also swan rings. Walks included one on hares.

Speakers included members of the WWT’s conservation team, as well as experts on Bewick swans, which make the annual journey across Europe to winter on the Fens.

Emma said: “We are lucky this year as the water level is low and we have a wide variety of birds here at Welney. The feedback is very positive and it is great that so many people came along and enjoyed having a blast on the reserve – that is what it is all about.”

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