Wrap up and get close to nature this holiday

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While the appeal of wide open spaces may be limited by this wintry weather, you can’t spend the entire Easter holiday indoors, can you?

Wrap the kids up warmly and take them out in the fresh air.

You can take the dog too and walk the banks of the marshes anywhere along the Wash coast, pop over to Deeping Lakes Reserve or Ferry Meadows in Peterborough for free entertainment from the wildlife on view.

Watch out for hares boxing in the fields, real-life Easter bunnies, shy deer, flocks of over-wintering ducks, geese and swans.

If venturing out with no shelter for miles puts you off, the RSPB reserve at Frampton Marsh now has a heated visitor centre open daily from 10am to 4pm, bank holidays included.

There’s an Easter egg hunt going on at Frampton Marsh (look out for the sign to Frampton from the A16 between Kirton and Boston) from today until April 14.

For £2 a head, children search the reedbed trail for clues before returning to the centre to claim a chocolate reward.

Possible sightings within easy reach of the visitor centre include avocets, flocks of lapwings which breed here, egrets and many other birds. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a resident water vole.