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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is officially Good to Go!



WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is the perfect place to get outdoors and see wildlife and nature up close – and now it’s officially ‘good to go’ after lockdown.

The centre in Burscough has been given a ‘good to go’ stamp of approval, which means it’s reopening from Monday April 12 within all the Government guidelines to help visitors stay safe.

There’s lots to enjoy all year round at Martin Mere, but spring is an especially great time to experience everything it has to offer.

You can discover all kinds of different wetland species while you explore one-way nature trails and viewing platforms around the centre’s 800 acres, taking walks through woodland and across the mere.


Get your wellies or walking boots on to take the mile-long Reedbed Walk and you can listen out for bitterns booming to try and attract a mate or spot peregrines and kestrels flying overhead.

If you wander through the trees on the Woodland Walk, you’ll cross paths with goldfinches, thrushes, sparrows and robins at the feeding stations en route. You’ll see tawny owl and barn owl nest boxes up high and you can keep a look out for the Martin Mere’s stunningly colourful resident kingfishers.

Set your alarm and be one of the centre’s early bird visitors and you’ll get a pay-off from nature: the amazing sights and sounds of all the wetland wildlife waking up and the birds giving their first song of the day!

Martin Mere’s got plenty to see and do for adults and kids, and all ages will love going on a canoe safari, paddling off in search of moorhens, mallards, water voles and those kingfishers. The safari is open every day for over 5s, there’s an extra charge payable at the canoe lodge but no need to book in advance.

Curious kids can go pond dipping between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at weekends, to see what creatures they can find lurking below the waters. 3-12-year-olds who fancy something a bit more energetic can head to the play areas where there’s a zip wire, scramble nets and treehouses. And, for mums and dads worried about hygiene, the adventure playgrounds are cleaned and disinfected twice a day to keep them safe.

After all that adventure, if you’re hungry then Martin Mere has outdoor kiosks and a café to keep you fuelled up with drinks, snacks and ice creams (currently takeaway only). Or, if you’d sooner take your own picnic, there are loads of benches and areas where you can eat outdoors too.

Go online to https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/book-your-visit/ to plan ahead and book your visit from Monday April 12. When you get there, if you’ve still got any questions, Martin Mere’s team of volunteers will be standing by to help you make the most of your wetland adventure.

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