Canoe Safari at Martin Mere

A brand new unique experience in the North West is officially opening on Monday 11 April at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough, Ormskirk: Canoe Safari.

The 2.4 hectares of new reed bed, wet woodland and wet grassland (swamp) to offers families and adults a safe and fun way to explore wetlands and its rich biodiversity through a canoe.

The wetland creation project, funded by NWDA, Lancashire Environmental Fund, SITA, ICET and WWT, provides an enjoyable way of spotting insects and wildflowers as well as some of the UK’s most threatened species by providing nesting habitat for Reed Bunting and Water Vole (both UK and Local BAP list species) and other important species of conservation concern such as Bearded Tit, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. 

Thousands of people should enjoy spotting herons and sparrowhawks flying over head as well as moorhen, coot, shelduck and mallard becoming inquisitive and exploring around the boats. The occasional kingfisher and lapwing have also been seen to offer fantastic photography opportunities.

The self guided canoe safari involves three people sitting in a Canadian style canoe for up to an hour as a fun and interactive way of getting close to wildlife and nature. There are no age limits or weight restrictions to go on the canoes, just a simple rule that as long as you can securely fit into the buoyancy aid you can take part.

For disabled access and young children, Martin Mere will also have an electric boat to do boat tours around the wetlands and this will be available from May onwards.

The safari will be open everyday from 11 April to 31 October from 10.30am in the morning and there is a charge of £5 per canoe.  Groups can pre-book times to go on the experience. For more information relating to the new attraction, please visit: www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere or call 01704 895181.

WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm 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.  Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere.

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