Freezing weather has brought travel delays and disruptions to Lancashire – plus an influx of swans.
Martin Mere wildlife reserve has reported the highest ever number of whooper swans visiting the nature reserve as staff counted 1,720 yesterday.
A Wildlife Trust spokesman said: “As the region is experiencing a cold snap, these icy temperatures have resulted in swans migrating further south from Scotland settling at Martin Mere until March.
“The swans fly away from Martin Mere to spend the summer months in Iceland where they have almost 24 hours sunlight in order to breed and give birth to their signets.”
Most of Lancashire saw some snow yesterday, with heavy falls in the east of the county.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the whole of the north of England and says that freezing temperatures and wintery showers will continue.
A spokesman said: “Snow showers will affect most areas at times through the rest of this week and over the weekend with locally significant accumulations in places, particularly for hilly areas in the north.
“Showers and overnight frosts also bring the risk of icy stretches forming on untreated surfaces. Strong winds will accentuate the cold feel at times although it is likely to prevent any extremely low overnight minimum temperatures. At this stage the cold weather looks like it will persist until at least the early part of next week.”
See the Martin Mere swans being fed twice a day until March 15. The feeds will take place at 3pm at the Swan Link Hide followed by a second feeding at the heated Raines Observatory at 3.30pm along with a talk and a Q&A from wildlife centre volunteers.