FAMILIES are being invited to take a walk on the wild side this May half term to admire new arrival's to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands.

The team at the nature reserve near Neston are encouraging visitors to explore the nature trails and discover a range of homes for wildlife this school holiday.

Visitor experience manager at the reserve Dan Trotman said: “Spring is a fantastic time of year here; not only is the weather encouraging us to spend more time outdoors, the wildlife is exciting too.

"While the bluebells have faded for this year, lots of other flowers – the orchids are my favourite – are just starting to bloom.

"We are also seeing fresh, fuzzy chicks every day, as birds around the pools and trees welcome their young into the world.

“The gentle walks meander through beautiful wetland, woodland and grassland and offer the chance to get close to elegant egrets, brilliant butterflies and lounging lizards, who bask on wooden fences soaking up the sun’s warmth.”

There will also be a 'baby birds' quiz trail and a chance to hire a wildlife explorer backpack complete with a minibeast kit and mini binoculars.

The baby birds quiz trail is available daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm until Sunday, June 3.

All activities are free of charge but normal reserve admission charges apply for non-RSPB members.

For more information call 0151 353 2720 or visit rspb.org.uk/burtonmerewetlands.