THE popular reedbed walk has reopened for the summer at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, aimed at getting our visitors face to face with some of our more secretive species whilst also enjoying a walk through nature.
Reserve manager Tom Clare said: “We opened up the Pat Wisniewski reedbed last year and we have had a great response from our visitors, so we have decided to reopen it for the summer this year.
“This 20th reedbed allows visitors to explore the area at their own speed through guided pathways.
“Having a more natural nature trail is something we have been wanting to do for a number of years and we are not surprised that it has been exceptionally popular with birdwatchers, photographers, walkers and anyone who enjoys being surrounded by wildlife and nature.”
The reedbed is home to many species including Marsh Harriers, Mute Swans and Crested Grebes as well as an abundance of fauna, butterflies and dragonflies to look for.
Tom continues: “There are already plenty of reedbed specialist species present, with Reed and Sedge warblers calling away, and some new species for the reserve – Cetti’s and Grasshopper warblers – also present.
“However the most exciting aspect of opening up the reedbed will be what the visitors find. Who knows what rare spe- cies might turn up and be spotted by our eagle-eyed visitors?.”
The reedbed walk can be accessed via the harrier gide, simply go through the door under the stairs and follow the pathway to the left.
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm 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 web site www.wwt.org.uk/ martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.
The reedbed walk which is part of the Pat Wisniewski reedbed (named after Martin Mere’s former centre manager) – above, with hide in the distance; above left, walkers sampling it