Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Martin Mere Wetland Centre, the well-known nature reserve in Lancashire, has received the green light to allow visitors to hand feed birds again.

The anticipated news comes after almost a year of hand feeding being taken off the list of activities at the centre, following Government guidelines and to protect the captive collection from the spread of avian flu.

Nick Brookes, General Manager at WWT Martin Mere, said: “We know our visitors have missed being able to hand feed the birds and have been eagerly waiting to hear the news that it’s returning to the centre. We are pleased to announce that as of 16 August 2022, we can offer this experience again.”

During your visit, you can see birds from around the world. The centre is home to around 85 species as part of the living collection, representing birds from wetlands in Australia, Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. You will be able to get closer to and feed flamingos, swans, geese, and many ducks such as the  shelduck, white-faced whistling duck, indian runner duck, and tufted duck. The 600-acre reserve also attracts plenty of wildlife, with over 150 species of birds which you
can spot from the views of the hides around the reserve.

You can find out more about hand feeding by visiting the information desk located in the shop during your visit. With memberships from as little as £3.75 per month, you can also enjoy free unlimited visits to all of the WWT wetland centres and support the charity in their conservation work.

For more information about WWT Martin Mere, visit their website.




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