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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Last chance to see geese at reserve before they fly north

Easter will be a perfect time to see the Greenland White-fronted Geese at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve before they head north.

The Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week with guided tours each week day at 3 p.m. The visitor centre, viewing tower and hides will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the Easter holidays (March 27 and 29 and April 3 and 5).

John Kinsella at the NPWS Education Office and all are welcome to look over the fields and ponds and see the flocks of Greenland White-fronted Geese and other birds fattening up for the migration flight north.

'There are family-friendly wildlife-themed quizzes and treasure hunts in the visitor centre throughout the holidays. The thousands of wintering birds get the travelling itch in late March so time is short before they go,' he said. The Greenland White-fronted geese, over 7,500 at last count, are fit, fat and fully fed. They are at their full weight and will start heading north in their family groups. It takes about 18 hours of non-stop flapping flight to cover the 1300 kilometers to their mid-journey rest stop in Iceland. To set off, they wait for favourable winds from the south. They leave from late March into early April so all are especially welcome to come to the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve to see them while they are still here. Call 087 2646433, email wwreducation@chg.gov.ie or check www.facebook.com/wexfordwildfowlreserve for further information.

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