Come along for a great day out at the annual North West Bird
Watching Festival: Sat 24 - Sun 25 November
TOURS AND TALKS
Mornings on our beautiful wetland reserve are magical, so why not come along and view the wildlife as the day begins? The reserve will be open from 8am. When you’ve worked up an appetite come and get your full English breakfast from the café, open at 9am.
A walk on the wild side
Take a walk with our new reserve manager: Louise Clewley. She will show you all the best spots on the reserve and introduce you to our most interesting birds and wetland animals. She will also explain how we manage their wetland habitat for them. There are limited spaces available so it is advised to book in advance.
Walk with Miranda Krestovnikoff
Sunday 25 November at 12noon (1.5hrs)
£4 per person
Photography Workshop with Craig Jones
11.30am & 2.30pm. (1 hour)
Dawn to Dusk - A journey of beauty
Craig will go through camera settings and compositions, showing you a usable workflow that works on the ground, with no secrets and no hidden settings. He will then take you from dawn until dusk with images and moving music to inspire you.
The beauty of photographing wildlife is that it is always changing and evolving, encountering the unexpected. In this environment, the photographer must learn to work with these changing environmental conditions and behaviors.The results are a better understanding of nature and your images will improve.
Once you've learnt the basics, you'll be taken into the grounds of Martin Mere for a practical session, where you can put your new photography skills into practice.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
1pm (20 mins)
Join Philipa Benson from Birding Languedoc as she talks about Narbonnaise regional park as a new Mediterranean birdwatching and wildlife destination. Philipa's 20 minute talk will inform you all about this new destination and all that it has to offer birdwatchers for both DIY birding and organised tours.
This talk is free but tickets must be booked in advance as space is limited.
11.30am & 2.30pm. (20 minutes)
Come and watch the otters feed and learn more about how we care for these amazing animals. Our cute little critters are very photogenic so make sure you bring your camera with you.
White stork feeds
2pm. (20 minutes)
Learn all about the white storks at Martin Mere as well as getting up close to and taking photographs of these amazing birds; Where do they migrate to? When was the last time they were seen in the wild in UK? You do not need to book in advance – simply come along to the eco-garden for 2pm.
Discovery Hide 3pm & Raines Observatory 3.30pm
Every winter around 2,000 whooper swans arrive on the wetlands at Martin Mere. It’s a true nature spectacle right on your doorstep so why not join us at feeding time and see it for yourself. Our rangers will tell you all about the swan’s migration from Iceland, what they like to eat and why Martin Mere is the perfect wintering spot.