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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Type: Nature Reserve

Fish Lane
Burscough
Nr Ormskirk
Lancashire
L40 0TA

Tel: 01704 895 181

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Pink Flamingos at Martin Mere

Spring and summer are fantastic times to visit the centre as new life develops allowing you to see the cute sights of ducklings, goslings, cygnets and chicks spring up around the reserve. Seasonal attractions include the award winning duckling nursery open from late May, take to the water and get a close encounter with nature on our award winning canoe safari and boat tour experience, den building, see what creatures you can find on bug hunts and pond dipping sessions every weekend.

But there is plenty to see and do at Martin Mere all year round, with more than 100 types of rare and endangered water-birds to hand feed, a family of enchanting otters in residence, an imaginative playground for young adventurers, an inspirational eco-garden and a rolling programme of events, walks and talks.

In autumn, up to 40,000 pink-footed geese use the reserve as a stopping point on their migration from Iceland providing a rare opportunity to see the display of thousands of geese whiffling over the mere. The geese are only with us a few weeks making this a must see attraction in October.

In winter, many thousands of wild ducks, geese and swans are drawn to the internationally-rated wetlands, offering spectacular displays of feather and flight with an award winning experience called Swan Spectacular, watching thousands of swans feed everyday.

Take a Wild Walk adventure

Explore our newest hidden gem of wetland habitat.

The new Wild Walk experience takes visitors on a journey through three types of wetland habitat, providing a taste of the ‘wild’ reserves, which are traditionally only accessed via viewpoints in hides.

Visitors are encouraged to bring wellies and meander through a maze of wetland tracks, through the muddy meadow to the middle maze lodge, across the wobbly web bridge to the wet woods and along a reedy ramble, discovering the wildlife and giant sculptures.

Rushes Adventure Play Area

The Rushes is designed to reflect Martin Mere’s focus on the environment and natural play. It seeks to provide opportunities for all ages and abilities in a social, safe and clean context. Features include:

• Mini marshlands – Toddler play space
• The wetlands – water play space with dams, bridges and channels to explore
• Fly like a bird across a cableway
• Climb the giant treehouse and slide down the tunnel
• The reed bed – giant timber sculptures with nets and ropes for climbing, jumping, sliding and clambering on
• The sand flats – sand play area with playful grassy mounds and smooth boulders

Award winning Canoe Safari: Open until 6 November

This self guided canoe safari offers families and adults a safe and fun way to explore the recently created reedbed habitat and its rich biodiversity. Adults and children alike will be able to enjoy spotting some of the UK’s most threatened species ranging from water voles to reed buntings whilst having plenty of fun!

The canoes can have up to three people in them and the charge to use the safari is £6.00 per boat. The attraction will be open every day until 31 October from 10am to 3.30pm (last boat to go out).

There are no age restrictions to go on the safari although the person must be able to fit into the life jacket that will be supplied so we presuppose a minimum age of 5. Children under 18 must be accompanied in a boat with an adult. The canoe Safari won the award for Best Visitor Experience in the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12.

Guided boat tours: Open until 6 November

Take a peaceful tour of our wetlands via a guided boat, learning all about Martin Mere, watching wildlife, spotting dragonflies, listening for warblers and admiring the wild flowers whilst enjoying the peace and tranquiity.

The boat tours cost £3 per seat for the 30 minute guided tour. The boats seat 8 people and can also accommodate 2 wheelchairs.

Please ask at the Information Desk on arrival to confirm the times of the tours but they generally run between 1pm and 3pm.

The boat tours are located in the area by the canoe safari and you should go to that area and speak to the designated member of staff to confirm your place on the tour.

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Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsBest Visitor Experience of the Year Best Visitor Experience of the Year 2011
  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) Green Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsSustainable Tourism Award Sustainable Tourism Award 2012
  • National Awards***Member of Marketing Lancashire ***Member of Marketing Lancashire 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsHighly Commended Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Highly Commended Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2011
  • Sub-Regional AwardsMaking a Difference Award Making a Difference Award 2011
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Toruism Awards 2013 Finalist Lancashire Toruism Awards 2013 Finalist 2013
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2014

Opening Times

Open New Year
Summer Season (31 Mar 2016 - 1 Nov 2016)
DayTimes
Monday09:3018:00*
Tuesday09:3018:00*
Wednesday09:3018:00*
Thursday09:3018:00*
Friday09:3018:00*
Saturday09:3018:00*
Sunday09:3018:00*
Winter Season (2 Nov 2016 - 29 Mar 2017)
DayTimes
Monday09:3016:30*
Tuesday09:3016:30*
Wednesday09:3016:30*
Thursday09:3016:30*
Friday09:3016:30*
Saturday09:3016:30*
Sunday09:3016:30*

* Car park closes at 5pm in winter.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult fromfrom £11.09 to £12.20 per ticket
Child (4-16 years) fromfrom £5.36 to £5.90 per ticket
Child Ticket (Under 4 years)Free
Concession (65+, disabled, unemployed, student) fromfrom £8.14 to £8.95 per ticket
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitorsFree
Family (2 adults & 2 Child aged 4-16) fromfrom £29.55 to £32.50 per ticket

If you are coming to Martin Mere Wetland Centre as a group consisting of 12 or move individuals you can ring through in advance as recieve a Group Rate Admission upon arrival.

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