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23 Aug 2018

NW Bird Festival

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Whooper Swans on a very calm mere at Martin Mere

See over 70 species of wild bird as well as special guest speakers TV presenters George McGavin and Miranda Krestovnikoff, wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt, the Orchid Hunter Leif Bersweden and Project Godwits James Robinson at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre’s annual extravaganza:  North West Bird Watching Festival on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November.

Whether you’re a group of photographers, birdwatchers or you all just love the outdoors, there is something for everyone at this event in Burscough, Ormskirk.

You can attend a range of wildlife talks and seminars; see hundreds of Whooper swans feed alongside shelduck, teal, wigeon and thousands of Pink-footed geese; pick up tips from optical seminars and workshops; see demonstrations; network with experts to learn more about our feathered friends; browse through lots of wildlife and bird watching goodies including clothing, books, paintings, wildlife holidays and much more; and round your day off with some delicious homemade cake at the Mere Side Cafe.

As part of your group visit we can offer free coach parking, a £10 drivers voucher, free entry for the group organiser and reduced admission prices if you have more than 12 in your group.   Email groups.martinmere@wwt.org.uk for information on booking a group visit.

Highlights for you and your group at the bird watching festival at WWT Martin Mere include:

  • Having access to the reserve from 8am, offering your group the chance to watch and photograph tens of thousands of pink-footed geese and Whooper swans as they wake and leave their roost
  • Seeing the award winning spectacle with hundreds of Whooper swans feeding right in front of them on the mere, as well as thousands of shelduck, wigeon and teal, at 3pm from the new 50m Discovery hide which also includes a warden’s talk
  • Access to free ringing demonstration workshops allowing you to get up close to some wonderful species
  • Walks with Reserve Manager Louise Clewley and Miranda Krestovnikoff to find the top ten species at Martin Mere at this time of year
  • Testing your group’s birdwatching skills by seeing who can spot the most species at Martin Mere between 9.30 – 3.30 on Saturday 24 November to win prizes.

For further event information, workshop bookings and a detailed list of exhibitors, please visit: www.wwt.org.uk/nwbwf.

WWT Martin Mere is open for this event 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.  Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.