You can now book your guided boat tour online before you visit . Glide along on an electric boat learning all about Martin Mere whilst spotting for kingfishers, fish, tawny owls and herons. The boat seats 8 and can accommodate wheelchairs. Click here to start your wetland adventure.

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North West Bird Watching Festival 2021

This year’s festival takes place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before.

From dawn till dusk

Open from 8am, watch the spectacle of thousands of geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in Mere Side Café. The centre is open until 7pm on the Saturday to watch up to 30,000 pink-footed geese return to the roost. From guest speakers and exhibitors to photography workshops and guided reserve walks, there’s a whole range of activities for you to enjoy for a full day out from dawn till dusk.


Across the two-day festival there’ll be a whole host of exhibitors selling everything from artwork and books to wildlife holidays, spend some time browsing what's on offer.

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Guest Speakers

Hear from guest speakers, including presenter and conservationist Dan Rouse, botanist Joshua Styles and wildlife photographer Neil Phillips.

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Witness bird and waterfowl ringing, take part in a photography workshop and witness up to 20,000 pink-footed geese on the mere.

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Your Day at a Glance

With so much to see and do, we’ve pulled together this handy schedule of each day so you can see at a glance what’s on and when.

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Useful Information

Those finer details to help you plan your trip.