Experience a Craneberry Fest this Christmas Holiday at WWT Martin Mere

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Experience a Craneberry Fest this Christmas Holiday at WWT Martin Mere

Celebrate our favourite wetland fruit, the cranberry, and an iconic wetland bird, the crane, after which cranberries are named this Christmas holiday.

Over the Christmas school holidays and every weekend in December and January the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, with the farmer owned Ocean Spray cranberry cooperative, will be hosting the first ever Craneberry Fest.

Visit Martin Mere Wetland Centre over the Christmas holidays to make cranberry bird feeders and take a leisurely walk through wetland wildlife on the Craneberry Fest Trail to find out more about cranberries, cranes and the importance of wetlands as nature’s flood plains.

For a taste of yuletide’s favourite berry there’s a selection of cranberry treats and mulled cranberry juice available in the Mere Side Cafe, overlooking Swan Lake.

Centre Manager, Nick Brooks, said: “At this time of year, particularly when there is a frost, Martin Mere’s landscape is absolutely stunning. It is a perfect opportunity to see thousands of migrating birds and with festive activities including our first ever Craneberry Fest there’s fun for all the family.”

In addition to the Craneberry Fest at Martin Mere visit our family of otters: Ned, Thai, Penny, Flick and Belle as they are given their daily feeds at 11.30am and 2.30pm where you can watch them play and eat.

See the fantastic sight and hear the haunting noise of up to 2000 Whooper swans as they are fed daily on the Mere at 3pm from Swan Link hide and 3.30pm from the heated Raines Observatory which includes a wardens talk.

Additional activities include den building, having fun on the adventure play area and exploring the new wetland wildlife exhibit ‘WOW: is it Weird or Wonderful?’

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 4.30pm during winter months 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 http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.

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