Martin mere, just a 10 minute drive from The Shippon, is the site of Martin Mere Wetland Centre, a wetland nature reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. There is a large visitor centre with educational facilities, a well-stocked shop and a popular cafe. The Centre is home to over 100 captive species of rare and endangered ducks, geese, swans and flamingoes, which form part of important research and breeding programmes. 2007 also saw the introduction of 4 beavers to Martin Mere. There are many activities for children focused on the wildlife exhibits, as well as an adventure playground.
There are also 10 comfortable hides where visitors can watch wild birds. Over the autumn and winter months, visitors come from miles around to experience the fabulous spectacle of up to 15,000 Pink-Footed Geese flying in at dusk as well 1000s of Whooper Swans being fed from the Swan Link Hide (under floodlights when days are at their shortest).
The 2006 and 2007 series of the BBC's Autumnwatch were broadcast from Martin Mere.
To see an interactive map of Martin Mere please click on this link - http://www.wwt.org.uk/centre/121/martin_mere.html
Martin Mere is open 7 days a week, except 25 December
Winter (November to February)
9.30am to 5.00pm (last admission 4pm)
Early Closing on 24 December (last admission 2pm)
Summer (March to October)
9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 5pm)
Gift Aid admission prices
Free to WWT members
Concession: £6.20 (over 65 years, full-time students, unemployed)
Child: £4.10 (4-16 years)
Family: £22.25 (2 adults & 2 children, 4-16 years)
Children (under 4 years): Free
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors: Free
The Gift Aid admission price includes a voluntary donation, which enables the WWT to claim the tax back as part of the Government's Gift Aid scheme.
If you choose not to pay the Gift Aid price, these are the prices excluding the voluntary donation.
Concession: £5.63 (over 65 years, full-time students, unemployed)
Child: £3.72 (4 -16 years)
Family: £20.18 (2 adults & 2 children, 4 - 16 years)