“squelch, squelch, splish splash, swish swash”

Explore a hidden gem of wetland habitat at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre this summer holiday, as it opens to the public on Thursday 24 July.

The official opening with the Madam Mayor Cllr Doreen Stephenson, LEF and Cargill  took place this afternoon (Thursday 17 July).

The new Wild Walk experience takes visitors on a journey through three types of wetland habitat, providing a taste of the ‘wild’ reserves, which are traditionally only accessed via viewpoints in hides.

Nick Brooks, Centre Manager at Martin Mere Wetland Centre said: “Become a nature explorer at Martin Mere this summer and take an exciting journey through the muddy meadow, wet woods and reedy ramble.

“Everyone loves the sounds and energy associated with the Michael Rosen Bear Hunt story. Going on a Wild Walk at Martin Mere will create a similar memorable wetland experience.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring wellies and meander through a maze of wetland tracks, through the muddy meadow to the middle maze lodge, across the wobbly web bridge to the wet woods and along a reedy ramble, discovering the wildlife and giant sculptures.

The Wild Walk project at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is funded by the Lancashire Environmental Fund, a generous legacy from the late Mrs Magdalene Thistleton, Cargill PLC and The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund.

Andy Rowett, Fund Manager, Lancashire Environmental Fund commented: “Martin Mere is one of the county’s finest nature reserves and the Fund has supported a variety of projects there over the years.  The Wild Walk is our latest project with the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and offers visitors an exciting all year round outdoor adventure.”

Wild Walk is just one element of the Martin Mere summer holiday nature explorer experience. There will also be daily pond dipping sessions, the award winning canoe safari, moth morning discoveries, fascinating flamingo talks and bug hunts – all with stickers to collect for your very own nature explorer passport.

The Wetland Centre in Burscough 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 all year round.

Martin Mere is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm during summer months (and until 4.30pm during the winter) 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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