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North West Bird Watching Festival 2022


WWT Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Nr Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 0TA

Tel: 01704 895 181

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North West Bird Watching Festival 2022

Open 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 workshops and guided reserve walks, there’s a whole range of activities for you to enjoy for a full day out from dawn till dusk.

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Opening Times

Season (15 Oct 2022 - 16 Oct 2022)
Saturday - Sunday08:00 - 19:00


Admission fees apply


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, 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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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


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 30 mins, 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.


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A child looks through binoculars to watch the flamingos. WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, BurscoughThere’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.

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