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A Tale of Two Swans

Date: Sun 17 February - Thu 28 February

Through the eyes of Virginia and Sigrunn, discover why the North West is the only place that welcomes thousands of Whooper swans over winter.

  • Witness the spectacle of feeding upto 2,000 whooper swans
  • Using life size props, put yourself in the eyes of a swan in our daily swan experience

Swan Feeds

3pm Discovery Hide, 3.30pm Raines Observatory

One of the most beautiful sights in nature, watch as upto 2,000 Whooper swans come up close to the Discovery Hide for their daily feed at 3pm. Our rangers will tell you all about the swan’s migration from Iceland and why Martin Mere is the perfect wintering spot, as well as lots of other facts about Whooper swans and our amazing Wetland Centre.

Don’t worry if you miss the first feed, there’s a second feed in the Raines Observatory at 3.30pm (although please note there’s no talk at the 3.30pm feed).

Swan Experience

Using life size props, put yourself in the eyes of a swan in our daily swan experience

Our swan experience is a brilliant opportunity for you to put yourself in the place of a swan during a catch. You’ll be able to go through a swan pipe, see the bags we use to catch swans, learn how we take measurements including the wingspan of swans, weigh yourself in swan weight and create your own swan ring to keep as a souvenir of your experience.

Swan Discovery Trail

How fast do swans fly? How many species of swans are there? Where do swans migrate from? Take part in the Swan Discovery Trail to get the answers to these questions and more! The trail will teach you all about swans and how amazing they are – get your trail leaflet when you arrive and complete it as you go around the trail to get a certificate.

There’ll also be a swan booklet available which gives you all the information you need to learn how to identify wild swans. Head to our hides and use your booklet to see how many species of swans you can spot on the mere. There’s also a section in the booklet all about reading bird rings – see how many you can read on your visit.

WWT Conservation Exhibition

Learn all about WWT's conservation work both past, present and future

WWT is a pioneer in wetland conservation. Our scientists and conservationists have led the way for more than 70 years. Visit the WWT Conservation Exhibition in our Exhibition Hall to learn all about the conservation work we've done in the past, what projects we're working on now and how we are looking forward to a bright future of conservation.


Terms & Conditions

  • Normal admission prices apply. Book your tickets online and save 10%.