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The short-eared owl is voted favourite marsh bird

The short-eared owl has won the vote to become the favourite marsh bird.

The competition was launched two weeks ago to celebrate the Wirral Way’s 50th anniversary on 2 October.

Cheshire West and Chester Council joined forces with the RSPB to put forward five birds who each have a unique story and link to the marshes.

Some 230 people voted for their favourite marsh bird, with the short-eared owl being the out and out winner with 76 votes.

The pretty little egret came second with 57 votes with the marsh harrier coming third with 34 votes.

To celebrate the short-eared owl’s victory and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wirral Way there will be an event at the Old Baths, Parkgate on Sunday, 1 October from 1pm to 3pm.

Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said:

“Thank you to everyone who got involved in the competition and voted for their favourite marsh bird.  The short-eared owl is a great choice that really symbolises the marshes.

“The willow-weaved structure of the short-eared owl will be unveiled on Sunday, 1 October to mark the Wirral Way’s 50th anniversary.

“I do hope you will be able to join us at the event, where you will be able see the willow structure unveiled, take a picture with it, join a willow weaving masterclass, as well as meet representatives of the RSPB.”

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