News from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
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.
Martin Mere’s Top Trump family trail