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Birdgirl visits WWT Slimbridge for 'Get Birding' podcast

WWT Slimbridge recently welcomed Birdgirl, Dr Mya- Rose Craig for a special recording of her podcast 'Get Birding'.

In this new podcast, people up and down the UK are encouraged to venture into their gardens and local parks to get to know Britain's birds, find out how and where to see them and start to understand their behaviour.

As lockdown restrictions start to ease, Mya-Rose explores how we can expand our birding horizons from our back gardens and regular walks to further afield, paying a visit to WWT Slimbridge reserve in Gloucestershire which re-opened on Monday 12th April.

Mya- Rose Craig said: "The big news is that I got to visit a nature reserve that's one of my favourites. I grew up going there all the time and I was so excited to go back and I did some recording there for you guys - it's called Slimbridge and it's in Gloucestershire, not far from where I grew up so I've got a lot of childhood memories there.

"It's run by WWT, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and it's a really big site with 120 acres, it's made up of one huge lake called the South Lake and then lots of other bits of wetland where you can see amazing wading birds like avocets, many of which are breeding this year.

"You can also see beautiful iridescent kingfishers, swans migrating there for the winter and even flamingos! Kate Fox helps to look after the site and she told me it's not just about what you can see at Slimbridge but how well you can see it."

Mya-Rose Craig met up with Kate Fox, a university placement student, and Dave Paynter, Slimbridge's reserve manager, to find out about the work they have been doing during lockdown to help improve the habitats for a variety of wildlife.

With support from Severn Trent Water, the reserve team have carried out a variety of conservation work on the 120 acres Slimbridge reserve including restoring old paleo channels and building nesting sites to encourage birds such as cranes and avocets to breed on the site.

Listen to episode six of Get Birding, produced by Peanut and Crumb, across all major streaming platforms and on Acast: https://shows.acast.com/get-birding 

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