Popular bat & barn owl event returns to WWT Martin Mere near Southport

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Popular bat and barn owl event returns to WWT Martin Mere Due to popular demand, WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is hosting 3 bat and barn owl BBQ events on Friday 12 July, Friday 16 August and Friday 30 August.

Centre Manager, Nick Brooks, said: “The event, which allows you to search for barn owls in the wild and use a bat detector to hear enchanting bat sounds, was fully booked last year and we wanted to do some more in 2013. Early evening is a great time to spot barn owls hunting over the reserve and the bat walks are a unique experience.”

The events include a walk out on the Marsh with a warden to search for barn owls.  You will walk over rough terrain in areas that are usually out of bounds to the public. When it gets dark, you will venture back to the building, searching for bats as you walk using specialist bat detectors.  The detectors are designed to amplify the sound of bats so that you can identify where they are and get a better look at them.

The 650 acres of reserve at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre are managed to provide the perfect habitat for a variety of wild birds (up to 200 species), wild flowers, insects and mammals that pass through the centre every year. Visitors can get a close encounter with nature from the comfort of ten bird watching hides.

The reserve at Martin Mere is designated as internationally important due to the number of wild birds that use the site every year. Habitats include marsh land, grass land, reedbed, open water with islands to protect birds from predators and wet woodland that are managed using traditional long-horn cattle for their grazing techniques.  The water levels are controlled seasonally to offer the right conditions for the right species and this ensures the centre gets a number of unusual migrants passing through such as black-winged stilts, osprey, spoonbill and white-spotted bluethroat ensuring fantastic photography and birding opportunities all year round.

You must book onto this event and the cost is £16.50 including a BBQ.  The event starts at 7.30pm until late.   If you would like to book onto this event, call 01704 891220.

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

http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.

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