WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is flying open its doors on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 for the annual wildlife spectacular Animal Magic.
Working with Exotic Zoo, regularly featured on Blue Peter, Animal Magic is the centre’s most popular family event, with over 4,000 people attending last year.
Meet a baby crocodile and an armadillo, go on a donkey ride, see wallabies and meerkats, hug a greyhound, watch Asian short-clawed otters and pygmy goats play, get close to a variety of birds of prey or be scared by lots of reptiles and insects.
Most of the displays will be indoors so whatever the weather you are guaranteed a great day out.
Centre manager Nick Brooks said: “‘Animal Magic is our most popular family event at the centre.
“We always try to do events at the centre that provide a fantastic opportunity for our visitors to experience something new; where you can get very close to or stroke animals such as an armadillo and meerkats at one event; you can see all kinds of animals you probably wouldn’t come across in your day-to-day life and it is amazing to see so many children enjoy the experience.” To help you plan your day... Have a go at free pond dipping at the Pond House to see what creatures you can see in the ponds.
There will also be a range of family craft activities for children between 11am and 4pm including making animal ears, some may include a small charge;
Explore a hidden gem of wetland habitat: Wild Walk – meander through the muddy meadow, wander in the wet woods and get lost in a reedy ramble spotting wildlife and giant sculptures;
You can also have a go on our award winning canoe safari and boat tour experience as well as build dens out of conifer and explore our brand new adventure play area.
The event is taking place from 10am to 4pm and normal admission prices will apply to enter the centre.
For information on these events and other activities happening at the centre visit www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere and click on events, or call 01704 891220.
WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 6pm.
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 centres.
Owls, left, and donkeys will be among the attractions at Martin Mere