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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Type: Nature Reserve

Fish Lane
Nr Ormskirk
L40 0TA

Tel: 01704 895 181

Add WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre to your Itinerary

Credit Andy Bunting

WWT Martin Mere is where wilderness and family-friendliness combine.

Autumn and winter are fantastic times to visit the nature reserve and animal collection. 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 them 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.

Everyday the swans are fed at 3pm from the Discovery Hide and 3:30pm from Raines Observatory, both include a wardens talk, allowing opportunities to hear and see the swans as they feed right in front of the hide.

Autumn and winter is also a great time for families to visit with daily otter feeds, weekend crafts, the Celebrity Dusty Duck trail (until 9 Jan), den building, an adventure play area, story time on a Thursday and a different theme every school holiday including the Pumpkin Festival in October Half Term and the North West Puddle Jumping Competition in February Half Term.

At this time of year you could also see a huge flock of starlings dancing in the sky, kingfishers as they hunt for fish and tree sparrows as they use the bird feeders over winter. 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.

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  • 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 Tourism Awards Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist 2016

Opening Times

Open New Year
Summer Season (31 Mar 2016 - 1 Nov 2016)
Winter Season (2 Nov 2016 - 29 Mar 2017)

* Car park closes at 5pm in winter.

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


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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