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Many thousands of migrant wild ducks, geese, waders and swans make WWT Martin Mere a truly world class birdwatcher’s paradise at this time of year, offering spectacular displays of feather and flight.


Autumn/winter is an amazing time to visit. Leaves crunching beneath your feet, stunning sunsets across the mere and the arrival of up to 30,000 pink-footed geese.

These travellers visit us from Iceland and stay just a few weeks on the reserve – resting and refuelling – before continuing their journey further south.

From November, we will welcome home one of nature’s most graceful birds – the whooper swan. Every year, up to 2,000 of these majestic birds migrate from Iceland to spend the winter here. They arrive with their cygnets, which are just three months old when they undertake their first migration. Look out for these grey juveniles among the adults.

Don’t overlook the smaller but equally interesting birds that also winter at the site. Thousands of colourful shelducks migrate here after moulting in the Netherlands, and pochard fly all the way from Russia. Add to that pintails and wigeons, and the mere is a wetland oasis!