Downy Duckling Week at Martin Mere

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Have a cracking time at WWT Martin Mere’s award winning Downy Duckling Week

Eggs hatching, new born chicks and duckling nurseries; the award winning Downy Duckling Week is starting on Saturday 25 May at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.  Downy Duckling Week is your unique opportunity to see and discover how ducklings develop inside an egg and break free from the shell into a young bird that you can meet whilst exploring the duckling nursery.

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From Saturday May 25 to Sunday 2 June, the Downy Duckling Week is a great attraction for all the family and was the winner of the Best Tourism Experience in Lancashire at the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2009.

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Victoria Fellowes, Martin Mere Marketing Manager said: “This is such a great time for the centre. Visitors can meet some of the cutest newborn ducklings, goslings and cygnets with special behind the scenes tours of the whole egg to duckling process. There are so many activities and some lovely spring walks in the wetlands.”

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Activities include:

·           Be amazed to hear and see ducklings inside eggs as we light them up at different stages of development in the free candling workshops.

·           Watch a duckling chip away at an egg and break free from the shell at the free egg to duckling experience

·           Walk around the nursery and see the cute sights of rare ducklings for free

·           A selection of free guided walks and talks as well as den building and a selection of family crafts

·           Take to the water and experience the brand new canoe safari attraction

·           Slide, swing and climb on the new adventure play area that includes waterplay

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WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm 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 centres.

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