Beat the winter blues at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands this Easter
Despite a relatively mild winter, this spring has been cold and slow to bloom. Now that it has, it is the perfect time to discover one of the best bluebell woodlands in the region this Easter - at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, near Neston. Each spring, the nature reserve’s Gorse Covert – an area of ancient woodland, bursts into colour with a blanket of blue.
Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Dee Estuary reserve, said: “It’s one of my favourite times of the year, when the woodland floor gradually changes from its dull winter green and brown to the vibrant blue hue, signalling the start of fresh life across the reserve. Since opening in 2011, more and more visitors have visited Burton Mere Wetlands specifically during bluebell season to admire the spectacle. The contrast of the deep blue against the greenery of the trees, surrounded by birdsong, creates a lovely setting for a relaxing stroll.”
Families visiting the nature reserve this month can enjoy a self-guided quiz trail to learn all about bluebells, whilst the reserve team have recently revamped the den building area and added some additional wild play features. For the most avid nature explorers there are also backpacks to hire containing everything needed to get that bit closer to the reserve’s array of wildlife.
Dan added: “We’ve gradually been adding to the range of activities aimed at families here, and this year it is better than ever for encouraging children to get close to nature. From our Wild Challenge quiz trail, to the bigger and better den building zone and improved Explorer Backpacks, plus the scenic garden which makes a perfect picnic spot, we hope local families will enjoy spending time here more than ever.”
The family quiz trail is available every day from 9.30am-4pm, and costs £1 per quiz sheet (normal admission charges apply for non-members). Explorer Backpacks are available at the same times, at £3 each.
The reserve, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year is also delighted to be trialling an RSPB shop outlet in Burton Mere Wetlands’ visitor centre. Visitors can browse a selection of items including binoculars, bird food and feeders, then order on site for convenient home delivery.