Martin Mere

Midweek Visiter - - Martin mere -

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.

Sarah Free­man

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

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