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WWT Welney Wetland Centre launches half-term family challenge with Prince of Wales




WWT Welney Wetland Centre are joining the Prince of Wales' Waterside Wednesday Challenge this half term to inspire budding young conservationists.

Launching today, the Waterside Wednesday Challengeis one of six daily challenges for families to encourage children to get outside and connect with connect with nature locally.

Leigh Marshall, centre manager said: “Welney Wetland Centre is delighted to be helping set Waterside Wednesday, as part of the Prince of Wales’ Half Term Nature Challenge this week. Getting children outdoors and developing their passion for nature helps create future conservationists and is fundamentally good for young people’s health and wellbeing.

Common Tern flying at London Wetland Centre. (44452426)
Common Tern flying at London Wetland Centre. (44452426)

"The latest research shows that blue spaces involving water may be even better for people’s wellbeing than green spaces, so we’re pleased to be joining our patron The Prince of Wales in encouraging families to get their wetland wellbeing fix this Half Term.”

The six challenges are being set by a different charity of which the Prince of Wales is a patron, today will see The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust joining the Half Term Nature Challenge.

Today's challenge is for youngsters to visit their local wetlands – including ponds, streams, lakes and canals – and spot as many birds as possible. Ducks are one of the easiest birds to find in wetlands, so why not create your own fantasy duck bringing together your favourite bits from the ducks you’ve seen.

Juvenile pallid harrier at WWT Welney. Picture: Paul Ward. (44452429)
Juvenile pallid harrier at WWT Welney. Picture: Paul Ward. (44452429)

A guide on how to create your own fantasy duck can be downloaded from the WWT website. Or you can use your own materials, or send a photograph or video of your favourite bird.

Families taking part can follow the hashtag #POWNature Challenge, which they can also use to share their drawings, photographs or even short films throughout the week.

For those who don't manage to spot any birds or don't live nearby any wetlands, you can also watch one of WWT’s live lake-side webcams at Slimbridge or Caerlaverock Wetland Centres on their website to see water birds in real time.

Visit wwt.org.uk/water-side-wednesday for the fantasy duck activity sheet, webcams and a guide to UK ducks



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