Spring brings the pitter-patter of tiny webbed feet to the nature reserve at Arundel Wetland Centre in Sussex. At this time of year there are lots of ducklings, goslings and cygnets around the grounds for families to enjoy. Along with the large numbers of wild mallard ducklings and moorhen chicks, the rarer black-necked swans and nene geese are also raising young families. “Watching baby birds is a great way to inspire an interest in nature from an early age.” says Claire Drew, WWT Arundel Learning Manager.
During the May Bank Holiday children can play the Pochard Pentathlon - 5 feats of conservation that explore the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trusts efforts to save the Madagascar pochard, the rarest bird in the world. By completing events like the Egg Collection Race and the Swan Lift children collect punches on a Pochard Pentathlon Passport.
Crackin’ crafts, pond dipping and the Wetland Discovery Boat Safaris are included with your admission price for Downy Duckling Days May 5-7 at Arundel Wetland Centre on Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PB. The centre is open 7 days a week from 9:30-5:30 each day. Call 01903 881530 for more information or visit wwt.org.uk/arundel.
Published 23rd April 2012
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