Hope that rescued eggs will hatch this Easter
Easter brings with it the hope for a small miracle at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre in Sussex. Some of the rare Hawaiian nene geese in the wetland centre's collection built nests and laid eggs outdoors in February. When the temperatures plunged last month, WWT staff rescued six nene eggs from outdoor nests and placed them in incubators. "Four of the six rescued eggs appear viable" said Olivia Iles, centre manager. "our fingers are crossed and we hope some will hatch mid-March." If goes well the nene goslings will make their first public appearance in the visitor centre over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
More Easter Activity
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. During the Easter weekend of April 6-9 families can visit a ducklings display inside the visitors centre. Incubators and nest boxes used in the rare wildfowl breeding program are included in the display.
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 21st March 2012
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