Calling all local nature explorers

This summer holiday, children of all ages can discover their inner adventurer by becoming fully fledged Nature Explorers at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.  Here, they can follow in the footsteps of Scott of the Antarctic (father of WWT’s founder Sir Peter Scott) by going on an array of ‘wild’ adventures and recording them in a special Nature Explorer passport.

Adventures to tick off include taking a watery safari, building mini-rafts, pond dipping, hand feeding rare birds, going on big bug hunts to discover all sorts of creepy crawlies and lots, lots more.

Little explorers can begin their voyage of discovery by picking up a Nature Explorer passport from the front desk and collecting stickers for each of the activities they take part in, working their way up to gold.  What’s more if children don’t have enough time to fill in their passport they can visit again for free to complete their mission over the summer holidays.

Complete 6 or more activities and get a gold sticker from a ranger in our daily 4pm award ceremony.  If you get all 8 stickers, children will be entered into a draw to get a day with a warden at Martin Mere.

WWT Warden, Tom Clare said: “Being a Nature Explorer is great fun for all the family and really helps kids get interested in all sorts of wildlife. Exploring the natural world is one of the most fascinating gifts you can give children and encourages them to protect nature in the future.  We’ll be on hand to help Nature Explorers complete some of their challenges, so come along and join us for an unforgettable summer of adventure.”

In other news at the centre the two hatched common terns are beginning to fledge and can be seen from the United Utilities hide and there is a possible first breeding of Great Crested Grebe on the reserve. They have been seen displaying and coming out of the reeds off the land. This would be a great achievement for the centre and a perfect end to the breeding season.

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