Lancashire Life - - WILDLIFE -

Martin Mere opened its doors to mem­bers 45 years ago and since then they have wel­comed 5.5mil­lion vis­i­tors and more than 300,000 school vis­its. It came about thanks to the friendship of Sir Peter Scott with lo­cal haulier Ron­nie Barker, who set up the pur­chase of 363 acres for £52,000 in 1972.

The land was derelict and there wasn’t a tree to be seen. It took just three years to turn it into a site of in­ter­na­tional importance.

* To wit­ness any of the wa­ter­fowl at dawn or dusk, Martin Mere ad­ver­tises spe­cific dates of early and late open­ings through­out the year. Find out more at www.wwt.org.uk/wet­land­cen­tres/martin-mere.

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