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Join the birthday celebrations at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

Last modified: 20 September 2013

Male kingfisher on branch

Image: Graham Catley

It’s time to celebrate at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands next weekend as the nature reserve marks its second birthday – and everyone is invited to join the fun.

As a birthday treat, all visitors to the Dee Estuary reserve will gain free entry on Saturday 28 September and Sunday 29 September and there will be plenty of free activities for all ages to enjoy, including den building, crafts and guided walks.

Since opening, almost 70,000 people have visited the nature reserve and discovered the many wonderful creatures which make their home at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, from kingfishers and common lizards to dragonflies.

There will be plenty of chances for visitors to uncover a variety of wildlife during the reserve’s birthday weekend, as RSPB staff and volunteers will be on hand to point out birds, butterflies and much more. Visitors can also gain tips and advice on how to create a home for nature where they live, before enjoying special homemade birthday cakes.

Dan Trotman, Visitor Development Officer for the RSPB’s Dee Estuary nature reserve, said: “The weekend is set to be a wonderful celebration of our first two years of giving nature a home.

“We’re delighted with how many people of all ages have been able to get close to nature here and had the chance to see wildlife they may never have come across before. More and more wildlife is making a home on the reserve all the time and it’s fantastic that so many people are able it to share it with us.

 “Whether you’re just looking for a relaxing walk or a peaceful picnic, or want to marvel at the thousands of ducks and geese that are moving in for the winter, there’s something for everyone at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands. Children love our new den-building area, so we recommend visitors arrive early over the weekend to book a place on one of the sessions.

“However, it’s not just water birds that find a home on this reserve; visitors coming to the site over the weekend may be lucky enough to see birds of prey such as peregrine falcons, hen harriers or the first merlins here for the winter.

“We hope plenty of people will join us to help celebrate our second birthday – it’s sure to be a fantastic weekend.”

Burton Mere Wetlands is open daily, with the reception building open from 9.30am until 5pm. The reserve is just 10 minutes from the M56, off the A540 (Chester High Road).  For non-RSPB members, entry is normally £4 for adults (concessions £2), £6 for a family and £1 for children.

Please phone 0151 353 8478 for times, details and a full programme of activities and times, alternatively email or

How you can help

Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. We can all help by giving nature a home where we live.