THERE is a once in a year opportunity to witness one of the most spectacular wildlife events to take place on local shores, in early October.

At that time Castle Espie Wetland centre will be celebrating the return of the light-bellied Brent Geese to Strangford Lough.

Every year in September and October, around 25,000 light-bellied Brent Geese make the challenging 3,000 mile journey with their young from Arctic Canada to Strangford Lough.

Visitors to the centre will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this wonderful experience of the natural world through a series of events taking place on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8.

There will be an opportunity to really get up close with the Brent Geese through the Guide in the Hide talks which will offer expert guidance about the migration of the Brent and an opportunity to view them up close through a long lens.

Those who want a more permanent reminder of the spectacle can sign up to a photography workshop and learn how to take that perfect wildlife photo with  WWT wildlife photographer Lesley Barker.

Children can enjoy Brent Geese themed art workshops with well-known local artist Bernice Anderson. There is no need to book, just drop in and take part.

Homemade refreshments will also be available to enjoy whilst taking in the view of the stunning landscape of Strangford Lough from the windows of the Kingfisher cafe.

Paul Stewart WWT Castle Espie Centre Manager said: “We hope visitors will join us to witness this incredible spectacle, take time to reconnect with nature, enjoy the beautiful surroundings as well as the range of activities on offer. It is guaranteed to be an exciting, fun filled weekend as well as a wonderful natural experience for everyone.”

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