Visitors can soon discover even more of nature’s home thanks to the opening of a new trail at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands.
The Reed and Fen trail will enable visitors to uncover a new area of the popular nature reserve at the southwestern corner of the Wirral peninsula. Extending further around the wetland, the new trail runs across wildlife-friendly farmland and links to an older part of the reserve, known to locals as Inner Marsh Farm.
The trail is the latest addition to the reserve, which also boasts the picturesque Burton Mere trail with its mature willows, alders and water lilies, plus the beginning of the Reed and Fen trail leading to the Marsh Covert hide.
Dan Trotman, Visitor Development Officer at RSPB Dee Estuary reserves, said: “The opening of the Reed and Fen trail is like ‘Chapter 2’ for Burton Mere Wetlands. The trails we’ve had open since 2011 are fantastically varied and full of life, but this new path opens up so much more space for visitors to really get a feeling of exploring the wild.
“With Inner Marsh Farm being a separate part of the reserve until now, many of our visitors have not yet had chance to enjoy the rich crop fields we plant for wildlife to thrive, or the winding avenue of willows down to the Inner Marsh Farm hide, overlooking the shallow pools and wetland that the RSPB created here more than 25 years ago.
“The lower part of the Farm and Willow trail is probably where visitors have the best chance of seeing a water vole on the reserve, whilst striking orchids and dancing dragonflies will decorate the new stretch of the Reed and Fen trail in the summer. The extended trails allow a walk of nearly 5 kilometers on the reserve, all the while immersed in tranquility and surrounded by a variety of wildlife. It’s a fantastic place for all ages to come and explore.”
The Reed and Fen trail will be open from 9.30 am on Good Friday, 18 April. For more information on the reserve and its activities, please call the reserve on 0151 353 8478 or check out the website www.rspb.org.uk/deeestuary