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Visitors to mere will have a bird's eye view of nest building this spring

Birds are beginning to build their nests in gardens, fields, and woods across the region.

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A heron gliding across the mere. Photo: John Cooling.

A very special nest-building operation is underway on Moscow Island at Ellesmere's mere, as herons have returned as they do each year.

Now human visitors can get a bird's eye view of the heron's work with Heronwatch - launching on Saturday.

Based in The Boathouse Restaurant on the edge of the mere, Heronwatch is run by volunteers.

A "heroncam" has been trained onto the nests on the island to catch every move of the herons building their homes and bringing up their young.

A heron collecting twigs for a nest. Photo: John Cooling.

A special day of crafts and activity is being held to launch the Heronwatch season on Saturday.

Edward Bevan, from Heronwatch said: “The herons are returning to the nests for the breeding season and, until the end of May you can share their lives, and see them bringing up their new families from the comfort of the Boathouse alongside the mere."

Someone who has already been heron spotting as the birds begin their work is amateur photographer John Cooling.

John, from Cockshutt, took advantage of the good weather on Wednesday to capture the herons gliding across the mere and working on the island to find materials for the nest.

Heronwatch wiill launch on Saturday at

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