Help Joanna Lumley and WWT count and conserve butterflies this summer

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Help Joanna Lumley and WWT count and conserve butterflies this summer

Pick up a free butterfly spotter sheet at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Screen legend and passionate environmental campaigner Joanna Lumley was at WWT London Wetland Centre on Thursday to officially launch the Big Butterfly Count 2013 which you can take part in from 20th July until 11th August at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre –

Joanna encouraged everyone to get out and about and report butterfly sightings to Butterfly Conservation, to go into a national record which can be used to determine whether populations are growing or declining.  The count comes as Butterfly Conservation president, Sir David Attenborough warned that UK butterfly numbers are at a historic low, with 2012 being the worst year on record for UK butterflies.

If you’re interested in taking part in the Big Butterfly Count, WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is a fantastic places to see native butterflies. Martin Mere has recreated specific habitats that support butterflies as well as mammals, birds and amphibians and most centres hold butterfly and minibeast walks and talks.

For the duration of the Big Butterfly Count, WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centres have free spotter sheets at the admissions desk, so you can have a truly worthwhile day out by recording the butterflies you see and reporting your findings to Butterfly Conservation.

WWT has nine different Wetland Centres around the UK – all of which are easily accessible places to be immersed in nature and witness the wonders of wetland wildlife.

You can choose as much or as little activity as you want – relax with a book and watch the world go by, watch birds in a hide, go on a free walk & talk, take a canoe safari or boat trip or entertain the  kids with pond dipping, arts and crafts and play areas. The one thing that’s guaranteed, your day will always include guaranteed close-up wildlife encounters.

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.

To learn more about the WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, go to:



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