Where we live on the Gower Estuary we’re fortunate to have the Wetlands on our doorstep and a trip to feed the ducks usually finds us here. It’s not just ducks it’s all manner of birds and wildlife and no trip disappoints as we usually discover something new. This morning it was Canadian Geese!
And so our love affair with the Wetlands began and we go often. All year round they have activities for the children to get involved in, pond dipping which Tiggy’s brothers love and nature trails, den building and over the Easter holidays they’ll have an Easter egg hunt and a behind the scenes visit to see the newly hatched ducklings which I’m very much looking forward to let alone the children! There’s a children’s park at “our wetlands” and in the warmer months it’s quite nice to take a little picnic and sit for a while at the park and picnic area while the children play and the world just passes by. There’s also a lovely little coffee shop where if the weather isn’t so great we can stop for a drink and a bite to eat although I’m easily swayed to take a trip inside for some coffee and cake while the children have an ice cream regardless of the weather.
Tiggy is of course too small to run about the place just yet and feed the ducks and birds as her brothers do, but these last few visits Tiggy has wanted to face outward in her pram to watch her brothers feeding them and to sit and take it all in, so I already know she like me will love the place. In fact, it was here that Tiggy faced forward in her pram for the very first time, “a Tiggy first” and of course being the snap happy mummy that I am I had to take a picture.
Speaking of affection, a little robin on our most recent trip came right over to us and even took a few crumbs from my hand, we couldn’t believe how tame he was but he was also incredibly quick so we didn’t catch him on camera but caught a few pictures of him right by our feet. Tiggy and Wills (her two older brothers were in school) were in awe with much giggling at the little robin being so brave and so cheeky and he has become affectionately known as “Bob”.
I do hope that Tiggy and her brothers will have a sense of conservation and appreciation for nature and wildlife as they grow and I know that our time at the wetlands is a great introduction to it for them plus it’s great fun! Go check one out if you’ve chance.