What screeches, swoops, and skuttles under the cover of darkness?
With the nights drawing in, staff and volunteers at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands near Neston are inviting families along to take part in a spooktacular Wild Things trail this half term.
Available every day from Sunday 21- Wednesday 31 October, families can pick up a quiz sheet at the visitor centre between 9.30am-4.30pm and follow the self-led trail to discover more about the weird and wonderful creatures of the night that call Burton Mere Wetlands home. There are prizes to collect at the end and it is free to take part, though normal admission charges apply to non-members.
There are also Wild Challenge backpacks available to hire every day (£3 per pack), for budding nature detectives to uncover fascinating creatures. The woodland den building area is also on offer daily to get active and creative.
All of these activities contribute to the RSPB’s Wild Challenge online awards scheme, encouraging families to get closer to the natural world, completing fun, wildlife related activities, learning about nature and earning awards.
This season boasts one of the best spectacles on the Dee Estuary, as thousands of ducks, geese and wading birds arrive from their breeding grounds to spend the colder months here, so there is plenty to spot.
Visitors can also pick up everything needed for a delicious picnic or to enjoy by the reserve’s wood-burning stove, as a selection of locally-made sandwiches are available to buy daily, alongside hot and cold drinks plus a range of snacks.
Venue: RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands nature reserve, Puddington Lane, Burton, Cheshire, CH64 5SF.
Contact: For further details visit rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands or phone the visitor centre on 0151 3532720.