Whooper swan Wimble makes welcome return to Welney Wetland Centre

Wimble

Wimble - Credit: Archant

Wimble the whooper swan has arrived at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, having now clocked over 40,000 air miles during her lifetime.

Wimble at evening swan feed

Wimble at evening swan feed - Credit: Archant

She is at least 17-years-old and has made the migration between Iceland and the UK twice each year.

Wimble joins an increasing number of these incredible birds on the Ouse Washes for the winter.

A swan count carried out by reserve staff and volunteers revealed that there are now 4,762 whooper swans and 193 Bewick’s swans currently using these wetlands.

This particular swan is a regular visitor to the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire reserve and has been spotted for many years either in the Fens or in Iceland, where these birds spend their summer.

Wimble

Wimble - Credit: Archant

With up to 10,000 swans using the Ouse Washes in the peak of winter, WWT Welney encourages as many people to help with spotting the ringed swans as possible.

Visitors are able to see many of these ‘Welney regulars’ at the commentated swan feeds.

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A swan research station in the main hide allows visitors to look up any swans spotted at the feeds.

The brightly coloured leg rings have bold codes on them, making them easy to identify.

Floodlit swan feed

Floodlit swan feed - Credit: Archant

There are lots of ways to get closer to the swans and find out about these birds and their migrations at events run by WWT Welney.

Winter wild swan feeds take place at 3.30pm daily until March 2016 and floodlit evening swan feeds are at 6.30pm every Thursday to Sunday until February.

Floodlit swan feed

Floodlit swan feed - Credit: Archant

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