Safaris in Ormskirk

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Canoe Safari

Canoe Safari

Just opened is a new experience in the North West, WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough near Ormskirk: – a canoe safari. In June 2010, WWT Martin Mere started work to create 2.4 hectares of new reed bed, wet woodland and wet grassland (swamp) to offer families and adults a safe and fun way to explore wetlands and its rich biodiversity in a canoe.
The wetland creation project, provides an enjoyable way of spotting insects and wildflowers, as well as some of the UK’s most threatened species. It provides a nesting habitat for Reed Bunting and Water Vole (both UK and Local BAP list species) and other important species of conservation concern such as Bearded Tit, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. Thousands of people will now be able to enjoy spotting herons and sparrowhawks flying over head as well as moorhen, coot, shelduck and inquisitive mallard exploring around the boats. The occasional kingfisher and lapwing have also been seen to offer fantastic photography opportunities.
The self-guided canoe safari involves three people sitting in a Canadian- style canoe for up to an hour as a fun and interactive way of getting close to wildlife and nature. There are no age limits or weight restrictions to go on the canoes, just a simple rule that as long as you can securely fit into the buoyancy aid you can take part.
In addition to the canoe safari there will also be a brand new woodland play area, a permanent den building location within the trees and a kiosk open every day selling a selection of hot and cold drinks, soups and ice -creams.
For disabled access and young children, Martin Mere will also have an electric boat to do boat tours around the wetlands and this will be available from May onwards.
The safari will be open everyday from 11 April to 31 October from 10.30am in the morning and there is a charge of £5 per canoe. For more information http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere/

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