Downy Duckling Week at Martin Mere

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Downy Duckling Week at Martin Mere

This May half term sees the return of the award winning egg-to-duckling experience at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

From Saturday 24th May to Sunday 1st June visitors can take part in fascinating egg candling workshops (where a light is used to look inside an egg), see eggs hatching and meet fluffy ducklings in the nursery.

Downy Duckling Week is a great attraction for all the family and was winner of the Best Tourism Experience in Lancashire at the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards in 2009.

It is a unique opportunity to discover how ducklings develop inside an egg, hatch out of the shell and develop in the duckling nursery.

Hannah Clifford Martin Mere Marketing Manager said: “Downy Duckling week at Martin Mere is a fantastic event giving visitors an amazing opportunity to see the whole egg to duckling process and meet fluffy ducklings.”

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The event runs from 11am to 4pm, with the duckling nursery open between 11.30am and 3.30pm.  Downy Duckling activities are included in the centre admission price; tickets to the egg candling workshop will be issued from the Visitor Services team as places are limited.

During Downy Duckling week the award winning canoe safari and guided boat tours will be available as well as the water-play in the adventure play area. There’s also series of talks everyday: at 11.30am and 2.30pm meet our family of otters with otter talks and feeds; at 12.45pm listen to fascinating flamingo facts; and drop in to the beaver lodge between 2pm and 2.30pm to learn all about these mammals.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is a haven for a host of creatures such as otters, beavers, kingfishers, geese and swans. Watch birds from the shelter of our comfortable hides, enjoy an expert walk or talk, or simply watch the world go by in our cafe overlooking our waterfowl collection – there’s plenty to do at a Wetland Centre all year round.

Martin Mere is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm during summer months (and until 4.30pm during the winter) and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6.  The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations.  Visit the web site to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.

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