A NATURE reserve near Ellesmere Port is holding a celebration to mark its second birthday.
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands has welcomed almost 70,000 visitors since opening with people taking the opportunity to discover a range of creatures from kingfishers and common lizards to dragonflies.
As a birthday treat, all visitors to the Dee Estuary reserve will gain free entry on Saturday and Sunday.
There will also be free activities for all ages to enjoy, including den building, crafts and guided walks.
Dan Trotman, visitor development officer for the nature reserve, said: “The weekend will be a wonderful celebration of our first two years of giving nature a home.
“We’re delighted with how many people of all ages have been able to get close to nature here and had the chance to see wildlife they may never have come across before.
“More and more wildlife is making a home on the reserve and it’s fantastic so many people are able it to share it with us.
“Whether you’re just looking for a relaxing walk or a peaceful picnic, or you want to marvel at the thousands of ducks and geese that are moving in for the winter, there’s something for everyone at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands.
“Children love our new den-building area, so we recommend visitors arrive early over the weekend to book a place on one of the sessions.
“However, it’s not just water birds that find a home on this reserve; visitors coming to the site over the weekend may be lucky enough to see birds of prey such as peregrine falcons, hen harriers or the first merlins here for the winter.
“We hope plenty of people will join us to help celebrate our second birthday.”
Visitors will be able to uncover a variety of wildlife with RSPB staff and volunteers on hand to point out birds, butterflies and more.
Those joining the celebration can also gain tips and advice on how to create a home for nature where they live before enjoying homemade birthday cakes.
Burton Mere Wetlands can be found off the A540 Chester High Road. Call 0151 353 8478 for opening times and more details or go to www.rspb.org.uk/ burtonmerewetlands