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Get set for 800 adventure-filled acres of amazing wildlife
Meet our wildlife superstars
Get nose-to-beak with some of nature’s most exciting animals
Incredible ducks, geese
and friendly otters
We’ve thousands of beautiful ducks and geese ready to feed from your hand, including our friendly Hawaiian Nene. Buy a bag of grain on your way in and enjoy close encounters of the feathery kind! Then head over to meet our Asian short-clawed otters and watch them play and feed at the daily talks – it’s a real splash!
Tickle yourself pink on a date with our all-star cast of pretty greater flamingos. We’ve two wonderful species to meet, our Greater Flamingos and Chilean Flamingos – come along and hear the facts behind their feathers, such as why they’re pink, why they stand on one leg, and discover just how flirty they really are. Plus, in spring we’ve an extra thrill: the sight of our fluffy grey flamingo chicks!
Avocets, diving ducks, and
screamers in our WOW Zone
For a feathery mix of extraordinary bird shapes, sights and sounds, it has to be our WOW zone. Expect some of the weirdest and most wonderful wetland birds: hooded mergansers, black swans, cereopsis, magpie geese, diving ducks, screamers. We’ve also sound pods and field notes for an interactive birdy ‘who’s who’, as well as an exciting crowned crane aviary with free flying avocets, white backed ducks and white-faced whistling ducks.
You can’t beat the sweet-scented peace of our beautiful gardens, whether it is relaxing in the eco-garden spotting butterflies, contemplating in the Royal Bank of Canada Show garden (as seen at RHS Chelsea 2017) or strolling amongst beautiful wildflowers, reeds and grasses in Wild walk – you may even find critters in the world’s largest bug hotel or come across sky seats to melt into!
and Nature Trail
Come face to face with some of our more secretive species in our new reedbed walk whilst also enjoying a walk through nature. Be an eagle eyed-visitor and see if you can spot or hear rare species in the reeds such as Cetti’s and Grasshopper warblers as well as Marsh Harriers and Crested Grebes. The nature trail overlooks hundreds of acres of amazing wetland habitat that attracts colonies of avocets, lapwings and summer migrants in the summer as well as thousands of Pink-footed geese and whooper swans in winter.
Spring is a magical time to visit Martin Mere – explore and find ducklings, goslings, chicks and cygnets of all shapes, colours and sizes from a fluffy little black moorhen chick chirping to its family to a black-necked swan cygnet catching a ride on its mothers back. Are flamingo chicks really grey when they hatch? Find out this and more in our daily flamingo talks over the spring and summer.
Splash, paddle, play
Exciting hands-on discovery for all ages
From zip wire screams and scramble net laughs, to treehouse trailblazing and water zone wonders, our huge adventure playground is a total rush for ages 3 to 12. Done playing? Then grab an ice-cream or sandwich at a nearby kiosk or head to our Mere Side café and refill hungry tummies. Need a play stop whilst exploring the gardens – let the youngsters swing, climb and build a den in our adventure play area by the canoe safari.
I spy canoe and
Pick up your paddle and canoe your way around our award-winning kilometre-long Canadian canoe trail – remember you will need to bring an adult (they can do all the paddling)! You can also drift away on a 30-minute expertly-guided boat tour of our wonderful wetlands. Water vole? Kingfisher? Dragonfly? What treasures will you discover?
Venture through three types of ‘wild’ wetland in one mile-long VIP walk – squelch through the mucky meadow to our middle maze lodge; bounce over the wobbly wet bridge into the wet woods; tip-toe along our reedy ramble towards giant sculptures; and splodge down a maze of secret wetland tracks. Wellies are a must!