People can soon witness one of the UK's most spectacular winter nature events in Norfolk.

Visitors at WWT Welney will be able to watch thousands of Bewick and Whooper Swans return after spending the summer in Arctic Russia and Iceland.

This year the wetland site, near Downham Market, will run a range of events to allow people to get even closer to the swans and learn more about them.

As well as hosting daily commented swan feeds, there will be special floodlit feeds on Saturday and Sunday evenings where people can huddle in a warm hide and witness the birds enjoying their final meal of the day.

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On selected dates, early risers can also watch the birds waking up on the wetlands with one of the reserve’s wardens.

Emma Brand, the site's events and marketing officer, said: “Winter is such an incredible time for the wetlands at WWT Welney.

"Thousands of birds arriving for winter mean it is the busiest time of year for numbers of wildlife.

“The daily coming and going of swans as they fly out to fields and return to roost is a familiar routine for the people living and working around the Ouse Washes landscape.

"Sharing this spectacle with visitors is a huge part of the work the staff and volunteers enjoy most about this time of year.”

In the winter months, Welney is open between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am and 7.30pm Saturday and Sundays.

It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and the dates for the events can be found on the WWT Welney website.