So the getting active, having fun and so forth continues at pace.
Today was an unusual Sunday in that we were all up quite early yet had nothing planned. The weather forecast was cold but dry so a day out was called for.
But where too?
By late morning we found ourselves at the RSPB saltmarsh at Frampton Marsh near Boston. Again, this is one of those places we drive very close to most weekends yet in five years, have never visited.
This is an area that the RSPB have developed over the last few years to attract huge numbers of birds and ducks and wow have they been busy.
To quote their website
A major new extension to this coastal wetland reserve includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. These are all being created to bring the wildlife of the Wash closer to you.
Frampton Marsh is at the leading edge of visitor and habitat nature conservation planning. We have designed every aspect of the new habitats and facilities to maximise the value for wildlife and the opportunities for visitors. Ideally positioned between Norfolk and the Midlands, a visit will be well rewarded.
Considering this is in January, there were still large numbers of geese and other birds around and the layout of the reserve means you can get pretty close to the action with sunken footpaths and a number of hides as well as a small visitors centre with the usual amenities including host drinks, toilets and information.
Over all we must have spent about 3 hours wandering around. I can guess this is really pleasant on a warm summers afternoon but even on a cold Sunday in January, it was good to get outdoors and enjoy the countryside.
Frampton Marsh visitors centre is open every day except Christmas and is free (although donations are welcome) and if you are looking for an outdoor idea where the kids can run around and burn off all that energy but don’t fancy another trip to the woods, this is a good alternative. At the same time it is educational and you can get to see loads of interesting animals. As well as bids and ducks we also saw an owl and a hare.
The staff in the visitors centre made us feel welcome and were full of loads of information.
It didn’t make me want to take up bird watching (well not that kind) in a hurry but I will certainly return in the spring.
As usual, all the photos from today can be found here.