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See stunning winter wildlife at first-ever Walney Wader Fest

See some wonderful wading birds at the Walney Wader Festival. Sanderling – credit: Neil Aldridge
See some wonderful wading birds at the Walney Wader Festival. Sanderling – credit: Neil Aldridge

Whether you want to try your hand at wildlife painting or photography, learn about Cumbria’s grey seals or hone your wading bird ID skills – there is something for everyone at the first ever Walney Wader Festival!

Come along for two days of celebration and conservation at South Walney Nature Reserve and Foulney Island on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November from 11am to 4pm. The Festival has been organised by Cumbria Wildlife Trust to celebrate the stunning winter wildlife that can be found at the reserve, in particular the magnificent array of wading birds that can be seen on our beaches at this time of year.

Festival organiser Hayden Hurst, Trainee Marine & Coastal Conservation Officer at the Trust explains: “Saturday will be a great day for all the family – you can just turn up and get stuck into the wildlife activities and painting competition. We’re also offering guided walks around the reserve and fun-filled seal workshop. To keep our keen birdwatchers occupied on Saturday,  we’re running a ‘Stranded on Foulney Island’ event, which will involve being cut off on the island by the tide, so you can see the vast flocks of wading birds coming in to roost. It should be a really immersive, dramatic experience!

“On the Sunday, we’ll be treating wildlife enthusiasts at South Walney to a rare insight into wader observation and conservation. There’ll be talks from bird experts, a wader ID workshop and a photography competition with a great prize of Opticron binoculars worth £99, so well worth entering!”

To find out more go to www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/events/walney-wader-festival.  Please note the seal workshop, the ‘Stranded on Foulney’ event and the wading bird ID workshop must be pre-booked.

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