Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Tel: +44 (0)1704 895181
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.
Everyday the swans are fed at 3pm from the Discovery Hide and 3.30pm from Raines Observatory, both include a wardens talk, allowing opportunities to hear and see the swans as they feed right in front of the hide.
Autumn and winter is also a great time for families to visit with daily otter feeds, weekend crafts, the Celebrity Dusty Duck trail (until 9 Jan), den building, an adventure play area, story time on a Thursday and a different theme every school holiday including the Pumpkin Festival in October Half Term and the North West Puddle Jumping Competition in February Half Term.
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 enchanting otters in residence, an imaginative playground for young adventurers, an inspirational eco-garden and a rolling programme of events, walks and talks.
Take a Wild Walk adventure
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.
Rushes Adventure Play Area
The Rushes is designed to reflect Martin Mere’s focus on the environment and natural play. It seeks to provide opportunities for all ages and abilities in a social, safe and clean context. Features include:
• Mini marshlands – Toddler play space
• The wetlands – water play space with dams, bridges and channels to explore
• Fly like a bird across a cableway
• Climb the giant treehouse and slide down the tunnel
• The reed bed – giant timber sculptures with nets and ropes for climbing, jumping, sliding and clambering on
• The sand flats – sand play area with playful grassy mounds and smooth boulders
|Winter Opening (27 Oct 2016 - 1 Mar 2017)|
|Summer Opening (1 Mar 2017 - 27 Oct 2017)|
* Closed Christmas dayDates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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