Slimbridge

 
So, it’s another photography post. This time it’s all about birds.
A couple of weekends ago me and my family went and spent the day at Slimbridge.
 At Slimbridge you can get up and close to rare and exotic birds, mammals and the largest collection of amphibians in the UK, set in the tranquil surroundings of a nature reserve. The nature reserve is made of 325 hectares of world class wetlands set against a spectacular Severn Estuary.
 
Slimbridge is an educational and fun day out for all the family where you can even feed the birds with a bag of grain which will cost you £1. 
 
There’s plently of seating around the reserve where you could even pack up a picnic and have your lunch, if you don’t fancy that idea then there’s a spacious restaurant with many different options of food on offer.
If you want to remember your day then i’d advise popping into the gift shop on your way out, you can find anything from bird books, fluffy toys, photos, mugs and so much more.
 
When me and my family visited Slimbridge we noticed something odd at first, there was LEGO brick animals around the reserve. It was such an amazing idea for little children to go round looking for and i must admit it was great fun as a 21 year old to go hunting for them as well, have a look through my photos and see if you can spot the difference between a real bird and a LEGO bird.
They have now moved on to another WWT reserve in the country so you’ve missed out seeing them at Slimbridge.
There was 9 to spot sadly i forgot to get a picture of the crane.
 
How to find Slimbridge
Slimbridge Wetland Centre is located near to the M5 between Gloucester and Bristol. Exit at either junctions 13 or 14 and follow the brown duck signs.
WWT SLimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT
 
So enjoy all the different kinds of birds i have photographed, let me know which one is your favourite out of them all.
 
 
 

 

LEGO BRICK ANIMAL 1

Meet Benedict the Bewick’s Swan.
The Bewick’s swan is under threat. Every winter hundreds migrate from the Russian arctic to Slimbridge. They provide sanctuary for swans and tackle issues such as illegal shooting, lead poisoning and power line collisions.
 
It took 8,500 bricks to make and took 95 hours building time.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Each individual Bewick’s swan can be identified by it’s unique bill pattern.

LEGO BRICK ANIMAL 2
 
Meet Mac the Mallard.
Everybody loves mallards, and the simple act of feeding a duck is a quacking way of getting people closer to nature. But please don’t feed Mac grain, he’s on a very strict LEGO brick diet!
 
It took 11,200 bricks to make and took 100 hours building time.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Male mallards are drakes, and females are hens.
 
Picture below, see if you can spot Mac’s 2 friends.
 

 
 
LEGO BRICK ANIMAL 3
 
Meet Flavia the Flamingo.
Slimbridge has been breeding flamingo’s and pioneering research for over 50 years to discover the best ways of protecting them in the wild. They’ve even managed to breed Flavia, a LEGO brick flamingo!
 
It took 3,100 bricks and took 80 hours building time.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
 

LEGO BRICK ANIMAL 4

Meet Lottie the Otter.
Otters were almost extinct in the UK in the 1970s but they are slowly making a comeback.
At WWT, they protect their habitats so they can breed and roam safely.
 
It took 15,500 bricks and took 120 hours building time.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
An otters home is called a holt?
 
 
LEGO BRICK ANIMAL 5
 
Meet Suki the Spoonie.
Spoon-billied sandpipers, or spoonies, are on the edge of extinction. At WWT, they are doing everything they can to save them, with an ‘ark population’ at Slimbridge and teams working in Russia and beyond.
 
It took 12,800 bricks to make and 110 hours building time.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
They use tiny green flags to monitor spoonies in the wild, just like the flag on Suki’s leg.

LEGO BRICK ANIMAL 6

Meet Emily the Emperor Dragonfly.
A flash of bright blue in the reed bed – it’s an emperor dragonfly, one of the largest dragonfly species in Europe! But not quite as big as their LEGO brick Emily, who is twelve times the size of her real-life counterpart!
 
It took 2,900 Bricks and 50 hours building time.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
An emperor dragonfly catches its prey in mid-air and often eats it’s prey while it’s flying!
 

 
 

LEGO BRICK ANIMAL 7

 Meet Bruce the Red-Breasted Goose.
This gorgeous iconic bird is globally endangered. At WWT they are doing everything they can to save them through essential conservation projects in Russia and Bulgaria.
 
It took 14,800 bricks and 120 hours building time.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Red-breasted geese build their nests close to peregrine falcon nests for protection from predators!

 LEGO BRICK ANIMAL 8
 
In the 1960’s there were only 30 nenes left in the whole world! The founder, Sir Peter Scott, pioneered a mission to save them, and now there are more than 3,000 worldwide, plus Natalie, their LEGO brick goose!
 
It took 10,300 bricks and 100 hours building time.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Nenes are the national bird of sunny Hawaii! Aloha!
 
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