Nature lovers from all over the world are being encouraged to pay a visit to the UK this month to experience what the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) have described as “one of autumn’s great spectacles.”
The WWT were referring to the annual migration of geese, swans and ducks into the UK from colder climes, and countries as far afield as Siberia and Canada. The birds will spend the winter in some of the UK’s wetlands areas, many of which belong to the WWT, which runs nine centres around the country offering visitors a unique chance to view birds from around the world arriving into the UK. The birds return to their breeding sites overseas when temperatures start to rise in the spring.
The WWT also observes and studies the migrating birds, giving details of their activities on the popular Migration Watch blog, giving experienced and amateur ornithologists a range of photographs, eyewitness accounts and films covering the birds in the UK.
“Watching huge flocks of geese and swans is one of autumn’s great pleasures,” said Julia Newth, a species monitoring expert at the WWT. “Anyone interested in wildlife cannot fail to be moved and astounded by the journeys they make to reach us,” she added. The WWT centres can be found in various regions of the UK, including Martin Mere in Lancashire, Castle Espie in Northern Ireland and Caerlaverock on the Solway Firth.