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Wild wetland walk opens at Martin Mere

New feature hopes to give visitors a unique experience

Martin Mere Wetlands centre is set to expand soon with a new feature. They are due to open the Wild Walk for the Summer 2014. The giant Welly sculpture by Wood sculptor Luke Chapman

Martin Mere has unveiled a new wetland habitat, the Wild Walk, days before the summer holidays get under way.

The Wild Walk experience will take visitors on a journey through three types of wetland habitat, providing a taste of the wild reserves, which are normally only seen from viewpoints in hides.

Nick Brooks, centre manager at WWT Martin Mere 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 web bridge to the 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 legacy from the late Mrs Magdalene Thistleton, Cargill PLC, Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd and The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund.

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 a nature explorer passport and much more.

Martin Mere is a haven for a host of creatures such as otters, beavers, kingfishers, geese and swans.

Visitors can watch birds from the shelter of hides, enjoy an expert-guided walk or talk, or simply watch the world go by in the cafe overlooking the waterfowl collection.

Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 6pm during summer months and parking is free of charge.

The centre can also be reached via the Southport to Manchester and Liverpool to Preston lines by train from Burscough Rail Stations.

Visit the 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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