Canoe safari and boat tours re-open at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

30 March 2015

Experience the tranquil relaxing atmosphere of the award winning canoe and boat safari at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Re-opening from the 28th March, adults and children alike will be able to enjoy spotting some of the UK’s most threatened species ranging from water voles to reed buntings whilst having plenty of fun!

Take our guided boat tour learning all about Martin Mere whilst listening to our knowledgeable staff and volunteers tell you all about the amazing wildlife that call Martin Mere home including a resident kingfisher.  You could also take out a canoe for a self guided tour of the safari, taking your time to take photographs, explore and enjoy all the scenery that Martin Mere has to offer.

Canoes can hold up to three people and costs £6.00 for the hour rental; the guided boat tour is available from £3 per person for a 30 minute guided tour. The guided boat seats 8 people and can also accommodate 2 wheelchairs.

There are no age restrictions to go on the canoe safari, although the person must be able to fit into the supplied life jacket. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The attraction will be open every day from Saturday 28 March until the end of October half term from 12pm to 4pm on term time weekdays, and 10.30am to 4pm at weekends and during school holidays.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day from 9.30am to 6pm during the spring months and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6.  The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations.  Visit the web site to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.

Contact: Victoria Fellowes on 01704 891240 or email [email protected]

Notes to editors

• The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people
• Founded in the UK in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott, today we complement wetland conservation work carried out worldwide with a network of nine UK visitor centres
• Wetland Centres are where people can have close encounters with awe-inspiring nature – wildlife clusters near water so there is always something to see at a Wetland Centre, every day of the year
• As well as hundreds of species of birds, you can also see other wetland creatures like otters, watervoles and dragonflies in their natural environment
• WWT Wetland Centres hold year-round events such as walks and talks, canoe safaris and feeding sessions, photography and craft classes, children’s activities and a host of special guest speakers
• All WWT Wetland Centres have comfortable hides, easy pathways, fully stocked cafes and gift shops, Disabled and Mother & Baby facilities and lots of interactive ways to get close to wildlife
• WWT members enjoy free access to all nine visitor centres and are kept up to date with developments through an award-winning quarterly magazine, Waterlife

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