We couldn’t have picked better weather, making our time outdoors exploring the wetlands even more enjoyable! The day started at 10:30 where we all met and introduced ourselves, often talking about which expeditions we’d been on with Biosphere Expeditions and when we hoped our next one would be.
At 11: 00 we watched the Asian short-clawed otters get fed, they keep a male and a female and are hoping to breed them. This is always very entertaining, particularly for the children that came along. We also heard a talk by one of the keepers about their feeding habits, distribution in Asia and breeding cycles.
From there, a volunteer ranger talked us through a map of the wetlands, its history and some key species that we could potentially see, which was all great to learn about! We did a 1 1/2 hour guided tour, stopping at points of interest and regularly keeping an eye out for the wildlife that was there. Particular highlights were the peacock tower with many viewing areas on different levels, the bat house and learning about the environmental sustainability of the centre.
After enjoying the wetlands under the sun and a good walk and talk, it was definitely time for lunch. Most of us headed over to The Red Lion pub (highly recommended!) for a bite to eat and to continue catching up with old friends and making new ones! Keep an eye out for the next planned event with the Friends of Biosphere Expeditions, which will be happening soon!