Winter highlights at Martin Mere

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre becomes a true wildlife haven in the colder months, as our mere is full of activity from winter visitors such as pintail, wigeon, and whooper swans.

In partnership with UK artist Quentin Blake, we are bringing our seasonal highlights into a brand new light, with our final illustrated guide arriving this winter.

Using our newest guide, explore our wetlands and experience incredible views and unforgettable experiences. Here are just a few of our winter highlights:

A group of four adult friends walking through the reedbed walk at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.jpg

Reedbed Walk

Experience the calming sound of the reeds as they blow in the wind, or the loud rapid trills of a Cetti’s warbler. The reedbed walk is accessible near our Harrier Hide.

Close up photo of a English longhorn cow

English Longhorn Cattle

Our herd of English longhorn cattle are our conservational stars, helping us to maintain our grass and create that perfect length for our birds. The cattle also attract the beautiful cattle egret, with over 20 being sighted together in recent months. Take a trip down to our Tomlinson Hide and see some fantastic views of the cattle on your way there!


Daily wild bird feeds

For some up-close encounters with our winter visitors, join us at the Discovery Hide at 3pm and Raines Observatory at 3:30pm for our wild bird feeds. At the 3pm feed, we’ll also have a live commentary to learn more about the different species that join us, including the whooper swan, pink-footed goose, and wigeon.

A man looking at of an open hide window at the Janet Kear Hide, WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

Janet Kear Hide

Take a seat in our Janet Kear Hide for some guaranteed views of small birds as they jostle around our carefully placed feeders. You’ll see them darting in and out for a tasty treat!

A man reading a Quentin Blake book in the WWT Martin Mere gift shop.

Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake is a much-loved artist who has illustrated over 500 books within his long artistic career. He loves wildlife and is a keen advocate for wetlands, making him the perfect guide for your wetland adventure.

“Wetlands are the most fantastic places. I can’t think of anywhere that would offer more wonderful birds and more inspiration”, Quentin Blake.

Pick up your free illustrated guide during your visit, on 11 December. Find out more on our events page.

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