All the joys of spring: warmer weather welcomes a host of activity at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre

The Avocet, which has made a return to the WWT Welney Wetland Centre this Spring. PHOTO: WWT

The Avocet, which has made a return to the WWT Welney Wetland Centre this Spring. PHOTO: WWT - Credit: Archant

Spring is a time of year to be celebrated as an incredible array of wildlife returns to the UK for summer or emerges from their winter hideaways – none more so than at the Welney Wetland Centre.

Birds, beetles and bees are at back at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre for the Spring. PHOTO: WWT

Birds, beetles and bees are at back at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre for the Spring. PHOTO: WWT - Credit: Archant

From beetles to birds, Welney has come alive in recent weeks thanks to longer days and more sunshine.

The first herds of cattle have returned to begin grazing, allowing birds – such as the avocet - to feed their young on the insects within.

The avocet, known for their bold plumage and dancing mating displays, is a regular spring spot at Welney, alongside the spoonbill, sandwich tern and ring ouzel.

Bees and other insects are now thriving in the warmer weather. PHOTO: WWT

Bees and other insects are now thriving in the warmer weather. PHOTO: WWT - Credit: Archant

The variety of insect life is much wider than the species of bird, with spiders, beetles, bees and dragonflies living amongst the plants.


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A WWT Welney spokesman said: “WWT Welney offers the perfect location to begin discovering the natural world, with facilities that enable visitors to connect with wetland wildlife and the fantastic landscape of the Ouse Washes.

“Hides and footpaths allow for easy access to the best spots for viewing or immersing oneself in the sights, sounds and smells of wetlands. Budding nature enthusiasts can explore in a safe habitat, with all the equipment on hand to investigate the different species who call these wetlands their home.

Cows have begun grazing again at the WWT Wetland Centre. PHOTO: WWT

Cows have begun grazing again at the WWT Wetland Centre. PHOTO: WWT - Credit: Archant

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“Families can enjoy pond dipping, bug hunting and bird watching whether for the first time or as seasoned explorers.”

• WWT Welney Wetland Centre is open all year except Christmas day. For more information, click here.

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