Have a snap-happy day at WWT Martin Mere!

7 November 2014

Popular bird watching festival returns in November, with some very special guests

Whether you’re a photographer, or just love the outdoors, there’ll be something for everyone, as the eagerly awaited North West Bird Watching Festival returns to WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November.

WWT Martin Mere will be welcoming back some regular celebrity visitors as speakers, including the Urban Birder (David Lindo), and wildlife TV presenters Mike Dilger and Mark Avery. The event includes a range of talks, demonstrations, shopping opportunities, and as always, plenty of time for networking or getting advice on taking the perfect photograph.

Highlights include:

  • Access to the reserve from 8am, offering early morning photography opportunities of the pink-footed geese and Whooper swans as they awake and leave their roost
  • At 3pm you can watch the award winning spectacle of up to 1000 Whooper swans feeding right in front of you on the mere, as well as thousands of shelduck, wigeon and teal
  • Free photography workshops with photographer Barrie Kelly from North West Photography Courses
  • Free ringing demonstration workshops will allow you to get up close to some wonderful species which last year included great-spotted woodpecker
  • London Camera Exchange will be offering guidance on photography, cameras and digi-scoping as well as selling products
  • In focus, Swarovski, Marchwood and Kowa will be providing advice on binoculars and telescopes
  • Outdoor Photography Gear will have a stand providing any gear you need, as well as advice on taking the perfect wildlife photograph
  • A selection of celebrity guest speakers. Talks are free to attend

For further event information, workshop bookings and a detailed list of exhibitors, please visit: www.wwt.org.uk/nwbwf.


Notes to editors

•WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day from 9.30am to 4.30pm 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.
•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
•To find out more about WWT Martin Mere, or any of WWT’s nine Wetland Centres, go to: wwt.org.uk

Media Contact:

Victoria Fellowes, Marketing Manager – WWT Martin Mere 01704 891240

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