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Bluebell Carpet Greets Spring Visitors to RSPB Burton Mere

Published: 11th April 2018 09:55

Now is the perfect time to discover one of the best bluebell woodlands in the region - 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.

Bluebells at Burton Mere Wetlands, by Mike MalpassBluebells at Burton Mere Wetlands, by Mike Malpass

Due to the slow start to spring, the flowers are slightly behind their usual timings but their leaves and stems are growing strong across the woodland floor. Last year, hundreds of visitors to the nature reserve told staff of their delight at seeing such a pristine area of the iconic British flower.

Dan Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Dee Estuary reserves, 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.

"Over the past couple of years more and more visitors have commented on the brilliance of the bluebells. The contrast of the deep blue against the greenery of the trees creates a lovely setting for a relaxing stroll."

While Gorse Covert can be enjoyed independently by all visitors to the reserve, joining one of the Bluebells and Birdsong events with a knowledgeable guide will allow visitors to discover more about the bluebells plus other interesting flowers and wildlife on the reserve.

Dan added: "The walk is a great way to discover more about the wildlife that makes its home here. The nesting birds will be in fine voice, adding to the tranquil atmosphere, and you will be given tips on how to pick out the songs of different birds. It's a lovely way to spend a morning."

The ‘Bluebells and Birdsong' guided walks will be held on Wednesday 25 April and Sunday 29 April, from 10am to noon. The cost is £10 per person, discounted to £8 for RSPB members. This covers the entry fee to the reserve for non-members too.

To book your place, phone 0151 353 2720 or email deeestuary@rspb.org.uk.

For more information on the reserve and its activities, check out the website www.rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands

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