Martin Mere

Midweek Visiter - - Martin Mere -

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

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