WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Region

Europe

Country

UK

Flyway

East Atlantic flyway

Initiative

BioWet

About

550 acres, reedbed, marsh, wet meadow, carr, wet woodland, dry reedbed, formal grounds. Open all year, with full programme of education and events for schools and the public. 9 birdwatching hides. 170,000 visitors per year. Site located between Ormskirk and Preston in West Lancashire.

Funding support: Various

Number of staff: 20 full time, 20 part time, 140 volunteers

Number of visitors per year: 170,000

Overall aims of the centre

Conservation of wetland, raising awareness of wetlands and environmental issues.

Description of the centre

550 acres, reedbed, marsh, wet meadow, carr, wet woodland, dry reedbed, formal grounds. Open all year, with full programme of education and events for schools and the public. 9 birdwatching hides. 170,000 visitors per year. Site located between Ormskirk and Preston in West Lancashire.

 

 

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Guided and self-led walks, talks and presentations. Interactive programmes for schools and other educational groups. Practical work with teams from outside bodies and volunteers.

Top three successes

1. Wetland management to encourage resident and migratory birds.

2. Breeding Asian short-clawed otters.

3. Green tourism awards.

Top three challenges

Communication through appropriate signage and way marking and maps. We are working on a number of visitor studies to inform us as to what message to deliver and the rights ways to do so.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information, producing written materials; developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre; managing / creating habitat; building / maintaining structures

Participation

Working with disabled people; engaging young people; engaging the local community; working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; working with primary schools; working with secondary schools; developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; running effective administration; fund-raising; PR and marketing; Health & Safety; project planning

Contact

Chris Whitehead,

Learning Manager,

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre,

Fish Lane,

Burscough,

Lancashire,

L40 0TA.

chris.whitehead@wwt.org.uk

T: 01704 895181

F: 01704 892343

www.wwt.org.uk