Walk in the footsteps of Attenborough and be a nature explorer at Martin Mere

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Do your children dream of being the next David Attenborough or Steve Backshall? Are they constantly jumping in puddles, finding bugs and building dens?

Exploring is a natural part of becoming an adult and teaches us so much about the world around us. However for parents it can be a challenge finding constant stimulation for these ever enquiring minds!

Well this summer, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is offering children the chance to be a Nature Explorer at WWT wetland centres and follow in the footsteps of wildlife enthusiasts like David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Joanna Lumley, who have all had fun exploring a wetland centre.

Summer is a great time to visit a wetland centre and your family can get up close to dramatic and rare birds, mammals and amphibians, in a safe and easy environment.

At WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough there’s a range of nature explorer activities to enjoy this summer holiday (from 24th July)

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Here are a few of our must-do summer activities to ensure your children return to school with unforgettable stories. How many can you tick off the list? :

  • Pick up a bag of grain and feed the Hawaiian Nene, the rarest goose in the world that WWT helped to reintroduce back into the wild
  • Take a canoe or boat safari and try and spot watervoles, the declining UK species that look like a giant mouse
  • Explore a hidden gem of wetland habitat with the opening of the NEW Wild Walk – meander through the muddy meadow, wander in the wet woods and get lost in a reedy ramble spotting wildlife and giant sculptures
  • Examine our nocturnal residents up close with Moth Morning Discoveries at 10am on 30th July, 6th August and 13th August
  • Listen for the calls of some of the oddest birds in our ‘WOW’ exhibit – is it Weird or Wonderful?
  • Go pond dipping and see what lurks beneath the water with sessions at 11am and 2pm
  • Explore the original Saxon settlement, Mere Tun beside what was England’s biggest lake and learn to defend the villages of the Lancashire Levels at special weapons training sessions. Visit the Pintail craft room to make a shield before you make your way to the Village! (Mere Tun Viking Village will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday during the summer holidays from 12noon to 4pm)

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is a haven for a host of creatures such as otters, beavers, kingfishers, geese and swans. Watch birds from the shelter of our comfortable hides, enjoy an expert walk or talk, or simply watch the world go by in our cafe overlooking our waterfowl collection – there’s plenty to do at a Wetland Centre. 

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm in the summer (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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