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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 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.
Autumn and winter is also a great time for families to visit with daily otter feeds, weekend crafts, trails to follow, den building, an adventure play area, story time on a Thursday and a different theme every school holiday.
Everyday the swans are fed at 3pm from Swan Link Hide and 3.30pm from Raines Observatory including a wardens talk, allowing opportunities to hear and see the swans as they feed right in front of the hide. 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 beavers and enchanting otters in residence, an imaginative playground for young adventurers, an inspirational eco-garden and a rolling programme of events, walks and talks.
Opening 20 November: Discovery hide
A new 70m discovery hide at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre to bring visitors even closer to nature. The new discovery hide will have 4 distinct sections depending on the type of experience visitors require or their level of birding expertise. Families and adults can sit in warmth and comfort in a discovery hide that will include sofas and scopes, or photographers and birdwatchers can chose to have a more wild experience in the open hide sections to hear thousands of Whooper swans feed on the mere throughout winter.
Take a Wild Walk adventure
Explore the 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 1 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 1 November
Take a peaceful tour of the 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.
|Open All Year|
|Open New Year|
|Winter Season (2 Nov 2015 - 29 Mar 2016)|
|Summer Season (31 Mar 2016 - 1 Nov 2016)|
* Car park closes at 5pm in winter.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||from £11.09 to £12.20 per ticket|
|Child (4-16 years)||from £5.36 to £5.90 per ticket|
|Child Ticket (Under 4 years)||Free|
|Concession (65+, disabled, unemployed, student)||from £8.14 to £8.95 per ticket|
|Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors||Free|
|Family (2 adults & 2 Child aged 4-16)||from £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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