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Learn more about our amazing wetland wildlife at our daily walks and talks. When you arrive, check the What’s On board for that day’s schedule of talks as they change on a daily basis.

Below are some of the talks we offer regularly:

Spur-Winged Goose Spotlight

How do these geese become poisonous? What do they use as a defence mechanism? Drop in to find out all about the amazing, poisonous spur-winged goose in this daily talk.

Flamingos Spotlight

Why are the flamingos pink? Why do they stand on one leg? What do their young look like? All these questions and more will be answered in our daily talk by the Greater flamingos that includes props such as skulls, feathers and eggs.

Weird or Wonderful Spotlight

From Spoonbills to Southern Screamers, our weird or wonderful area is full of amazing wildlife. Drop in to this spotlight session to find out more about the wide variety of species in this area.

Guide in the Discovery Hide

Every day there’s a guide in our Discovery Hide between 12pm and 3pm, offering useful information and tips and tricks to help you spot the wildlife on the mere. Pop in to say hello and to ask any questions you may have.

Winter Wildlife Feeds

In the winter the mere becomes home to a whole range of wintering wildlife. Every day see up to 2,000 Whooper swans, shelduck, wigeon, pintail and teal as they come up to the hide during the daily feed at 3pm from the Discovery hide and 3.30pm from the Raines Observatory. The Discovery Hide feed includes a talk from a warden.