Migratory wildfowl arriving at WWT reserves hails the changing seasons
We have begun our annual winter counts of Pink-footed Geese and Whooper Swans at WWT Martin Mere reserve in Lancashire. These large migratory birds travel many hundreds of miles from their breeding grounds in Greenland, Iceland and subarctic Eurasia to spend the winter on our reserve, which is managed to provide a safe haven for many species of wildfowl. We see peaks of over 35,000 Pink-feet and over 2,000 Whoopers when it’s really cold further north.
These weekly counts are carried out as part of the post-construction monitoring and mitigation programmes for the Ormonde, Walney and West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farms, commissioned by the wind farm developers; DONG Energy (Walney and West of Duddon Sands) and Vattenfall UK (Ormonde).
As if we couldn’t tell for ourselves that Summer is coming to a close and we’re slipping into the cooler months of Autumn, the arrival of the first few migratory birds is a sure sign.