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Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

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

Tel: +44 (0)1704 895181

Fax: +44 (0)1704 892343

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Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£15.50 per ticket
Child Ticket (4-16 years) - Kids under 4 years go FREE£8.30 per ticket
Concession Ticket (65+, disabled, student)£13.15 per ticket
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)£40.45 per ticket

We are asking everyone to book online in order to limit numbers to our site.

About

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 from 1 November up to 1000 Whooper 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.

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. In the grounds, visit 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.

Autumn and winter is also a great time for families to visit with daily otter feeds, weekend crafts, trails to follow, hand feeding our amazing birds, den building, an adventure play area and a different theme every school holiday.

Eat, drink, shop

We have a selection of hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams available from our Mere Side Cafe for you to enjoy to fuel your wetland adventure. You’re also welcome to bring your own food and drink and make use of our 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.

 

Facilities

Other

  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Car Parking
  • Coach Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Groups accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Parking (free)
  • Parking Available
  • Toilets
  • Wheel Chair Hire

Accessibility

  • Facility for service dogs

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment only
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • One way system
  • Online booking only
  • Outside seating
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2021
  • Excellent
    673
  • Very Good
    263
  • Average
    57
  • Poor
    15
  • Terrible
    14

Recent Reviews:

  • kevinwD6654BA
    Could be excellent.
    2 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 14th October 2021
    Never mind bird watching, go to the Janet Kear hide and count the number of Rats under the feeders,at least two dozen on my last visit!!! Management leaves a lot to be desired,very poor. Read full review
  • Linda H
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Good day had by all.
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 27th October 2021
    We took the grandchildren in the school holidays. They loved it seeing the wild fowl and watching the antics of them. Liked the play area but the slide was too tricky for small children. Read full review
  • Jennie B
    My Family Love Martin Mere
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 11th November 2021
    Great place to visit for anyone who enjoys fresh air and nature. My grandson is eleven years old and autistic, he loved the Halloween Trail finding the answers to the questions set on the map. The... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Martin Mere is located 6 miles from ormskirk and 10 miles from southport. Situated off the A59, the centre is signposted from junction 8 on the M61, Junction 3 on the M58 and junction 27 on the M6. There is free car parking on site.Postcode for Satellite Navigation: L40 0TA

Public Transport Directions

Martin Mere has created a new trail from Burscough Bridge Interchange. The well signposted two mile trail begins from behind the Manchester platform at Burscough Bridge Interchange and incorporates local tea rooms and the new Martin Mere reedbed walk. The signs are made out of recycled plastic. By cycling The Martin Mere Wetland Centre welcomes cyclists as an environmentally friendly and pleasant way to arrive at the centre. Jack Parker Cycles, in partnership with Martin Mere, now offer cycle hire from the Burscough shop. The hire fleet consist’s of a selection of gent’s, ladies, boys & girls junior bikes all fitted with puncture proof tires, also child seats & tag along bikes are available. All persons hiring will be supplied with helmets, locks and a map of area. The costs to hire are £8.00 per bike and £4.00 for child seats and tags. All bikes must be booked in advance by telephone on 01704 892442 or by calling into the shop at 62 - 64 Liverpool Road North, Burscough L40 4BY

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Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Regional AwardsWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Open New Year
Winter Opening (27 Oct 2021 - 1 Mar 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30
Summer Opening (1 Mar 2022 - 27 Oct 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 18:00
Bank Holiday09:30 - 18:00

* Closed Christmas day

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