Two rare Hawaiian Nene goslings hatched last week at Arundel Wetland Centre. The nene eggs were rescued from outdoor nests in February when the temperatures plummeted to -7 degrees. The public are invited to view the goslings inside the visitor centre over the Easter bank holiday weekend. “We hope our visitors will come up with some great suggestions on what we can name our newest nenes” said Olivia Iles, manager of Arundel Wetland Centre. “The winning names will receive a family ticket and a toy goose.”
Nene geese hold a special place in the lore of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust. WWT founder Sir Peter Scott re-introduced the nene goose to Hawaii when numbers dropped to only 30 geese on the islands in 1952. Sir Peter Scott bred the geese in the UK and intensive work since then has brought their numbers in the wild up to an estimated 800 and captive numbers up to 1,000.
Also appearing at Arundel Wetland Centre during the Easter holidays are giant rabbits, on loan from the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare. The bunnies will be on display March 31 until April 5 and again from April 10-15. Along with the nene goslings on view during the Easter weekend of April 6-9 families can also view a display featuring incubators and nest boxes used by WWT to breed rare wildfowl from around the world.
Easter at Arundel Wetland Centre also means the patter of tiny webbed feet outdoors as baby ducklings scamper along the trails and waterways of the reserve. Discover new life with your family and see nature blooming all around you as the reserve enters springtime. Pond dipping season starts on March 31 and the children's crafts room is open each afternoon. Families can also follow the Golden Egg trail around the reserve. Easter activities begin March 31 and continue through April 15 at WWT 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 11th April 2012
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