After spending their summer in Iceland, Over 1,900 birds were counted by the WWT officials, up almost 80 birds compared with last year’s figures. An event worth celebration, according to the wildlife bosses in the wetland centre.
Experts at the WWT reckon the increase is pertinent to a combination of successful breeding, regular food supply and low temperature.
‘In the 1970s we counted a maximum of 10 Whooper swans,’ commented Eileen Rees, head of the UK Waterbird Conservation Programme. ‘Thanks to regular food supply and the secure winter roost, the number of birds multiplied yearly. The birds’ main nutrients are cereal stubble and post harvest waste potatoes, a more than adequate diet.’
Having Celebrated Martin Mere’s 35th birthday, officials at the centre are delighted to end the year on such a high note. The increase in the Whooper Swan’s number is a testimony to the rigorous efforts of everyone at the centre to ensure the perfect conditions for the birds over the winter season, According to Andy Wooldridge, Marti Mere Centre manager.