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15 Apr 2021

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Highlights from the monthly Wetland Birds Survey conducted by our reserve team include: 76 Shoveler 12 Gadwall 21 Tufted duck 31 Lapwing 17 Black-tailed Godwit 12 Oystercatcher 19 Avocet 6 Redshank 1 Common Sandpiper 3 Ringed Plover 4 Mediterr...

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12 Apr 2021

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The wetland centre is open to the public starting today, unfortunately hides are not open due to current government restrictions. However, there is still plenty of wildlife to be seen on the reserve. ...

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09 Apr 2021

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While we've been busy getting Martin Mere ready for reopening most of the wintering birds have flown north for the summer months. Curlews have been seen over Woodend Marsh and more swallows have been spotted over Swan Lake. The first mallard ducklings hav...

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05 Apr 2021

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Summer migrants have arrived on the reserve including a sand martin, swallows and wheatears. A pair of linnets have been spotted near the reedbed. Butterflies can now be seen around the reserve including small tortoiseshell, brimstone and peacocks. ...

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29 Mar 2021

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Many of the birds throughout the reserve have now entered breeding mode with many species displaying frequently throughout the day. Chiffchaffs are our newest arrival with many now singing across the reserve, the lapwings have also began incubating eggs. ...

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22 Mar 2021

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This week a bittern was spotted flying into the reedbed during our last bittern survey. On the mere there has been an escapee red-crested pochard (not one of ours), and Mediterranean gulls among the black headed gulls. Over Carum Field a barn owl can be r...

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15 Mar 2021

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This morning's Wetland Bird Survey recorded the following birds on the reserve.455 Wigeon19 Gadwall318 Teal394 Mallard209 Pintail43 Shoveler17 Pochard12 Tufted Duck339 Shelduck170 Greylag Goose 54 Canada Goose77 Moorhen24 Coot13 Lapwing33 Ruff35 Black-tai...

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01 Mar 2021

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Spring is beginning here at Martin Mere, with blooming daffodils and snowdrops carpeting the reserve. The first Mediterranean gulls and avocets arrived on the Mere the previous week...

Avocets have arrived
24 Feb 2021

Avocets have arrived

The first avocets of the year; a group of around forty, were sighted on the mere yesterday. ...

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15 Feb 2021

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The past week's cold weather has brought the whooper swans back onto the Mere, with around 900 seen at our last dawn counts, their whooping calls heard all throughout the reserve day and night...

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08 Feb 2021

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The centre remains closed to public but we are all still hard at work maintaining the reserve and grounds. The mere is still alive with wildfowl, with shelduck, wigeon, pintail, pochard and gadwall all showing well, with large number of waders foraging on...

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01 Feb 2021

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This week we took part in the Big Garden Bird Watch at the Janet Kear hide. With a total of 20 species we saw: 7 Blue tits, 6 Great tits, 15 Goldfinches, 10 Greenfinches, 14 Chaffinches, 1 Redpoll, 4 Blackbirds, 1 Coal tit, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Treecreep...

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25 Jan 2021

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Martin Mere is unfortunately still closed to the public but our staff and volunteers are still hard at work on the reserve. The cold weather has brought in a good number of fieldfares and redwings; winter migrant thrushes to Britain. ...

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21 Jan 2021

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Martin Mere remains closed to the public but our staff and volunteers are still hard at work carrying out habitat management and feeding the swans. Kestrels, marsh harriers and barn owls still seen daily on the reserve...

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18 Jan 2021

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Unfortunately we are still closed to the public but the staff and volunteers are still onsite feeding the swans and carrying out habitat mangemnet works. This week was the monthly WeBS count. Highlights include 571 wigeon, 1176 teal, 742 mallard, 446 pi...