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WWT Welney, UK

World wetlands day at WWT Welney was kicked off at 6am with a dawn flight out. In freezing conditions, some brave visitors defied the elements and witnessed over one and a half thousand migratory swans take flight from Lady Fen and Bank Farm.

Once the swans had left their roost, visitors were then treated to an exclusive walk with a warden out onto Lady Fen to see our brown hares, who in the sunshine, have already started some early boxing. The day progressed to include our daily wild swan feeds  and encourage people to get creative by making recycled bird feeders and then the opportunity to join our WWT Welney volunteer and Fenland Poet Laureate, Elaine Ewart,  for a wetland themed poetry workshop which included activities to stimulate the senses and inspire our creative side. The day was rounded off with a sustainability tour of the centre and a floodlit wild swan feed.

To read Elaine’s poem, inspired by her experiences volunteering at WWT Welney, please click here.

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