Chilean flamingo chicks hatch for first time in 10 years at Martin Mere

29 September 2023

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough, Lancashire, is celebrating the arrival of three Chilean flamingo chicks – the centre’s first success in 10 years.

Hatching near the beginning of September, the adorable chicks are wowing visitors and stealing the hearts of the staff at Martin Mere.

Nick Brooks, Centre Manager at Martin Mere, said: “The mini heatwave that took place near the beginning of September is believed to have had a positive impact on the breeding of our Chilean flock”

Credit Lisa Wilkinson Gamble

“Now a few weeks old, the chicks have ventured out from their nests and can be admired in our Chilean flamingo enclosure, providing heartwarming moments and exceptional photo opportunities.”

Chilean flamingos are Native to South America, ranging from Chile to Argentina. According to the IUCN Red List, the species is classified as near threatened, with a decreasing population trend.

In the wild, breeding can happen all year round with the adults usually building nests in late spring and depending on conditions such as food availability. Both sexes build a tall mud nest using soft mud and stones that are within reach. A single white egg is then laid in the nest, with both parents taking turns incubating it for approximately 26 to 31 days.

Visitors to Martin Mere Wetland Centre will have the opportunity to witness the chicks as they grow, alongside seeing many other wetland species from around the world like otters, swans, storks, geese, and ducks.

To find out more about WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, visit their website: https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/

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