Martin Mere

News from the Wild­fowl & Wet­lands Trust

Midweek Visiter - - Martin Mere -

CHIL­DREN of all ages can join Dusty Duck, pick up their very own free log book and be­come real-life wildlife rangers at WWT Martin Mere Wet­land Cen­tre this sum­mer hol­i­day.

A full day of dis­cov­ery and ad­ven­ture awaits fam­i­lies do­ing eight wildlife ranger ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing:

- Top Trumps – Col­lect your own Top Trumps card and play against us and your fam­ily as you ex­plore for 12 GI­ANT Top Trumps cards in the wa­ter­fowl gar­dens.

Can you win at least five cards from us to col­lect your ranger badge?

- Tribal Tracks – join our tribe at our wet­land te­pees. Make nat­u­ral head­dresses and fol­low foot­prints and other clues to track a mys­tery an­i­mal

- Ca­noe sa­fari – pad­dle through beau­ti­ful wa­ter­ways and come face to face with king­fish­ers, wa­ter voles, drag­on­flies and other wet­land won­ders

-Pond ex­plor­ing – what fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures can you catch in your net, iden­tify and log? ...and lots, lots more. Chil­dren will be en­cour­aged to record their find­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences in their log books, like a real life ranger, as a per­ma­nent re­minder of their wild day out.

Col­lect at least six stick­ers and come along to our daily award cer­e­mony at 3.30pm to col­lect your Su­per Wildlife Ranger sticker – get all eight and be en­tered into a draw to win a day as a Martin Mere Ranger.

Steve Nasir, one of WWT’s real life wildlife rangers said: “I love be­ing a wildlife ranger for WWT and help­ing to care for and pro­tect our amaz­ing wet­land an­i­mals.

“We thought fam­i­lies would wel­come the chance to experience what it’s like to be a ranger through a se­ries of fun-packed, mini ad­ven­tures, in­clud­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that I do as part of my day to day job.

“Hope­fully, we’ll also in­spire some of our younger vis­i­tors to be­come the wildlife rangers of the fu­ture, help­ing to cre­ate a world where healthy wet­land na­ture thrives and en­riches lives.”

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 web­site 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.

Pic­ture by Ben Cherry

Martin Mere’s Top Trump fam­ily trail

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