At Martin Mere Wetland Centre we’re here for you and for wildlife 364 days a year, so don’t let a little thing like the weather put you off spending a day in the great outdoors. Throw on a coat, grab your wellies and head out for a wild winter adventure…

Wetlands are incredible spaces teeming with wildlife all year round. Visit us this season and you’ll be amazed to discover that while a lot of animals do leave or nod off in the colder months, there’s still a lot that’s wide awake!

Come and meet iconic wetland species including our cheeky Asian short-clawed otter family. Discover more about them during daily talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm and find out how WWT is working to save them and other wetland species. Hand-feed our characterful ducks, geese and swans or take a wintry walk amid stunning scenery.

Seasonal wildlife spectaculars include flocks of pink footed geese, whooper swans, lapwing and teal on our Mere and colourful woodland birds gathering at our Kingfisher and Ron Barker Hides. Learn more about the current highlights from our Guide in the Discovery Hide - every day between 12-3pm. And once your wildlife-watching is done, there's tasty fare aplenty in our cafe, with festive treats, winter warmers and a new breakfast menu.

Our site has excellent access and full visitor centre facilities including a well-stocked gift shop – ideal for those with wildlife fans to buy for this Christmas!


A Tale of Two Swans

Through the eyes of Virginia and Sigrunn, discover why Martin Mere is the only place in the North West that welcomes thousands of whooper swans over winter. Every year, around 2,000 whooper swans migrate to WWT Martin Mere from Iceland and spend the winter on the mere. To celebrate these amazing swans, we’ve got a number of swan-themed activities at the centre from December to February.