Four Magpie goslings hatch at wetland centre

Magpie geese gosling hatch at Martin Mere. Photo by Vince Ellis

Magpie geese gosling hatch at Martin Mere. Photo by Vince Ellis

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Four Magpie geese goslings have been hatched at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, for only the second time in the last 10 years.

Experts said it was often unusual for birds less than six years of age to breed, but the male and female goose at Martin Mere, at Burcough, were only two and three years old.

Grounds Manager, Steve Nasir, said: “It is great that this young pair has successfully bred and we would expect them to stay together for many years to come, hopefully having goslings every year.

“All of our visitors love to see these cute goslings as they follow their parents around, it really is a great time to visit.”

This is only the second time in the last 10 years that the centre has successfully bred Magpie geese.

The goslings can be seen in the Weird or Wonderful area of the grounds and they are proving to be very popular with the thousands of visitors coming in over the summer holidays to do their nature explorer passports.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day, except Christmas Day, from 9.30am to 6pm during summer months and parking is free of charge. Visit www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere/