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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Type:Nature Reserve

Fish Lane, Burscough, Nr Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 0TA

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A child looks through binoculars to watch the flamingos.

There’s a fantastic day ahead of you at Martin Mere Wetland Centre.  Enjoy splashing, dipping, playing, feeding, paddling and getting up-close-and-personal to some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife.

800 acres of adventure to flutter hearts, home to thousands of rare birds; a cheeky family of otters; an all-star cast of pretty pink flamingos and a group of white storks to mention a few.

Wildlife hides and spotting
There are ten hides and a reedbed to give your sense a treat.  Spring is an amazing time to discover wetland wildlife whether it is exploring the mile long reedbed walk listening for species like cetti’s warbler, sitting and viewing perching birds eat from our feeders, or overlooking the vast mere and marshlands as migrant waders breed, kingfishers feed and marsh harriers and barn owls fly overhead.

Canoe Safari and guided boat tours
Grab a paddle and take to the water in this award winning canoe safari or glide along on a guided boat tour or the wetlands.  Embark on the canoe via a self-service jetty and set off on your watery adventure, searching for moorhens, mallards, fish, water voles and the illusive kingfisher. Open everyday from 11:00 to 16:00, there is an extra charge for this attraction, payable via a card machine at the canoe lodge.

Play areas
From zip wire screams and scramble net laughs and treehouse trailblazing, the huge adventure playground is a total rush for ages 3 to 12.  In addition, build a conifer den, go on a wild walk adventure or balance along the stepping stones.

Pond dipping
At the weekends between 13:30 and 15:00, delve into the ponds and see what creatures are lurking beneath.  Can you find the slippery newts or dinosaur like dragonfly nymphs in this free activity?  No booking is required to take part but it is recommended to come later in the session to avoid the initial queue.

Royal Bank of Canada Garden
Come and see the Royal Bank of Canada Show Garden.  This garden received a gold award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017 and the garden has been permanently relocated to Martin Mere.  Designed by Charlotte Harris, the garden recreates the boreal environment and is located within the Wooded Wetlands development at Martin Mere.

Eat, drink, shop
A selection of hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams are available from the outdoor kiosks for you to enjoy on-the-go to fuel your wetland adventure.  Snacks include tasty pasties, yummy sausage rolls and brownies.  You’re also welcome to bring your own food and drink and make use of the well-spaced picnic benches to enjoy your snacks in the great outdoors. 

The retail shop is open, offering a gorgeous selection of gifts, fun toys, informative books and good value bird food and feeding accessories.

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Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adultup to £15.50 per ticket
CarersFree
Child 4-16 yearsup to £8.50 per ticket
Child under 4 yearsFree
Concession (65 +, disabled, unemployed, student)up to £13.15 per ticket
Family (2 adults & 2 Child aged 4-16)up to £40.45 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.
Book online and save 10% on admission prices.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Open all year, except Christmas Day (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Summer Season (12 Apr 2022 - 29 Oct 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 18:00
Winter Season (30 Oct 2022 - 31 Mar 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30

* • 364 days a year – that’s every day except Christmas Day
• Car pack closes at 18:00 in the summer and 16.30 in winter
• You can visit between 9.30 - 18:00 (16:30 in winter and 15:00 on Christmas Eve) and last admission is one hour before closing.
• Buggy and wheelchair friendly

Events

Saturday, 1st October 2022 - Saturday, 29th October 2022

Dawn FlightsExperience the haunting sound and the thrill of an early morning hide visit with a warden.  You'll have exclusive access to our Discovery Hide from 07:00.  The Discovery Hide has great views over the mere which at this time of year is packed full of migrating pink footed geese.  Sit in the comfort…
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Saturday, 1st October 2022 - Saturday, 29th October 2022

Late Night Opening: Goose SpectacularWitness the spectacle of tens of thousands of pink footed geese coming in to roost at Martin Mere.  Every Wednesday and Saturday in October, the Discovery Hide will be open until 19:00 to give you the opportunity to see up to 40,000 pink footed geese whiffle over the mere as the autumn sun is…
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Sunday, 9th October 2022 - Sunday, 9th October 2022

Wildlife Photography Workshop at WWT Martin Mere
Wildlife Photography Workshop at WWT Martin MereHave you ever wondered what ISO, Shutter and Aperture really mean?  How do photographers get such fabulous shots of birds in flight or capture the water droplets as they preen themselves?  Heather will talk you through all of this and more.
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Saturday, 15th October 2022 - Sunday, 16th October 2022

North West Bird Watching Festival 2022North West Bird Watching Festival 2022Open from 08:00, watch the spectacle of thousands of geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in Mere Side Café.  The centre is open until 19:00 on the Saturday to watch up to 30,000 pink-footed geese return to the roost.  ​​​​​​​From guest speakers and exhibitors to photography…
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

eek! week at WWT Martin MereAre you brave enough to explore the interactive trail?  Discover an eek!citing and mysterious world of wetland nature this October half term.  Keep your eyes peeled, your ears pricked and engage all your senses as you make your way around the wetlands for a truly eek!citing experience.
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Saturday, 29th October 2022 - Saturday, 29th October 2022

Saturday, 26th November 2022 - Saturday, 26th November 2022

Art Workshops with Kerry NewellArt Workshops with Kerry NewellKerry's workshops cater for all artistic abilities, even if you feel you have none.  Beginner or more advanced, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much can be achieved in one day.
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Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

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
  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsMaking a Difference Award Making a Difference Award 2011
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist 2016

Directions

Road Directions

Follow A59 towards Preston. Through Burscough Village turn left immediately after the railway bridge onto Red Cat Lane. Follow for 1 mile, Martin Mere is on left.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway station is Burscough Bridge station. Martin Mere is 1.5 miles from station. Signposted walk, approximately 30mins, or can get taxi from Burscough Village. Cyclists are always welcome at Martin Mere.

The centre is signposted from Junction 8, M61, Junction 3 on M58 and Junction 27 on M6.

Facilities

Other

  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Open All Year
  • Outdoor

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities
  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special Group Rates
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

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