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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Type: Nature Reserve

Fish Lane
Nr Ormskirk
L40 0TA

Tel: 01704 895 181

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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

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.

Wild Walk: New in 2014

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.

These attractions are now closed for the winter and will re-open on Monday 23 March 2015 -

Award winning Canoe Safari – Opening 23 March

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 – Opening 23 March

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 tranquility.

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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  • 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 2014 Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards 2014 Finalist 2014

Opening Times

Open New Year
Open All Year
Winter Season (04/11/2014 - 29/03/2015)
Bank Holiday09:3016:30
Summer Season (31/03/2015 - 02/11/2015)

* Car park closes at 5pm in winter.


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adultfrom £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 visitorsFree
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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