World Wetlands Day!
Today, the 2nd February, is World Wetlands Day! A day to celebrate everything that’s great about Wetlands around the world, including our very own Wetland Nature Reserve here at the Forest of Marston Vale Millennium Country Park.
The area now occupied by the Wetlands Nature Reserve was once arable farmland and an old clay pit, formed through clay extraction. When the Millennium County Park was created, this area was transformed into a lovely mosaic of reed beds, ponds, wet meadows and scrapes. In addition to this there are wildflower meadows and young woodland.
The Wetlands Trail is a circular walk on surfaced paths around The Wetlands Nature Reserve. There are a number of wildlife watching hides, including our impressive Tower Hide and Woodland Walkway which gives almost 360 degree views over the Reserve.
If you haven’t been already, why not come and visit? You may be lucky enough to spot the elusive Bittern, or a soaring Marsh Harrier. Chinese Water deer are a regular spot, or perhaps you may see a fox hunting in the meadows. Spring and summer are filled with myriad butterflies and dragonflies. Whatever the time of year, there is always something to enjoy in the Wetlands Nature Reserve.
This beautiful, quiet area is managed for wildlife conservation and for this reason there is a small entry charge of £2.50 per adult and £1.75 for children/concessions (we also offer Annual Passes for £30) We ask that no dogs or bicycles are taken into this area.
For more info about World Wetlands Day – click here.
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