BRILLIANT birds will be the stars of the show as they take over the National Waterways Museum.
The museum will open its doors to wildlife fans on Saturday and Sunday.
The special events at the Ellesmere Port museum have been organised with the RSPB to give visitors the chance to find out more about the birds and wildlife around them.
There will also be special bird watching boat trips – Centuar, the museum's trip boat, will head off for a quiet spot up the Shropshire Union Canal with an expert on board. Passengers will spend two hours bird spotting before returning to the museum. There will also be wildlife trails, crafts and pond dipping for youngsters to get an introduction to birdwatching.
Museum manager John Inch says: “Canals are a green artery through many of our towns and cites, providing a haven for birds and other wildlife.
“The Brilliant Birds weekend will bring our canal story up to date by making a real showcase for the ways that people enjoy waterways now.”
Paul Brady, visitor development officer from the RSPB, said: “It's great to be able to come to a place like the National Waterways Museum and meet so many people. The site, with its docks, canals, open spaces and proximity to the Mersey, is ideal to show people the amazing variety of birds which are all around them – and who knows, we may see something unusual.”
All areas of the museum will be open and visitors will be able to learn about the story of the waterways and even step on board some historic boats.
Visitors who wish to take part in the bird watching boat trip should contact the museum in advance to book a place. The trip costs £6 and will depart at 2pm.
For further information, call 0151 355 5017 or visit www. nwm.org.uk.