Martin Mere

Midweek Visiter - - Martin Mere - Visit the web­site on www.wwt.org.uk/ mar­t­in­mere/to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight cen­tres.

WWT Martin Mere Wet­land Cen­tre is look­ing for en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers of all ages to come and join the wel­come and visi­tor ac­tiv­ity teams.

The wel­come team meets and greets all of the visi­tors, giv­ing out day plan­ners and cen­tre in­for­ma­tion, as well as do­ing the ot­ter talk and feed, white stork talk and feed and the flamingo ex­pe­ri­ence.

Belinda Dargie, office man­ager, says: “The wel­come team is a real team at­mos­phere and you can make some great friends on the day you vol­un­teer – you just have to love talk­ing to peo­ple and learn­ing new things.”

Visi­tor ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude help­ing out in the craft room, help­ing fam­i­lies do pond dip­ping and bug hunts as well as pump­kin carv­ing and Sail to Santa later in the year.

Learn­ing man­ager, Chris White­head, says: “By help­ing out on ac­tiv­i­ties like these, you are really help­ing to get chil­dren en­gaged with na­ture and get­ting them to en­joy be­ing out­doors; it can make a real dif­fer­ence.

“No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary, you just need to en­joy meet­ing new peo­ple.”

Chris con­tin­ues: “We now have over 180 vol­un­teers at Martin Mere. Na­tion­ally, we have over 900 vol­un­teers, we quite sim­ply couldn’t func­tion with­out them. Vol­un­teer­ing gives op­por­tu­ni­ties, al­low­ing stu­dents to stand out on their univer­sity ap­pli­ca­tions, whilst our ma­ture vol­un­teers can learn new skills and meet new friends.

“In the past we have had vol­un­teers as old as 89, which shows it is never too late to come and vol­un­teer at Martin Mere.”

For all va­can­cies, search WWT vol­un­teer­ing on­line and com­plete the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion.

WWT Martin Mere is open ev­ery day from 9.30am to 4.30pm 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.

Ben Cherry

A young girl be­ing given a Dusty Duck log book at WWT Martin Mere

Vol­un­teers can help with ac­tiv­i­ties like pond dip­ping

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