Get Crafty with Craneberry Fest at WWT Martin Mere

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Throughout December and January the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, with the farmer owned Ocean Spray cranberry cooperative, will be hosting the first ever Craneberry Fest. This will be a celebration of our favourite wetland fruit, the cranberry, and an iconic wetland bird, the crane, after which cranberries are named.

Visit Martin Mere Wetland Centre at the weekends in the run up to the festivities to make beautiful cranberry decorations for the tree and visit after Christmas, and into the New Year to make cranberry bird feeders.

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

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.”

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 to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.

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