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A day out at WWT Martin Mere wetland centre

On bank holiday we went on a day out to WWT’s Martin Mere reserve in Burscough near Southport and it is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time! I wasn’t disappointed as we saw so many beautiful birds.

The reserve is situated on the West Lancashire Coastal plain so it is a great habitat for wildlife, especially birds! I vined my whole day including the otters, different species of waterfowl, ducklings and the site as a whole if you prefer video.

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There are loads of bird hides where you can see views like this – loads of seabirds and waders. Definitely worth packing your binoculars if you have any!

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I believe these are greater flamingoes, these characters were as smelly and noisy as you can imagine…

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Here is a lovely shelduck, we were lucky enough to see some white and grey shelduck duckling from a distance which was a great unexpected experience!

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There is a duckling hatchery where we saw ducklings of several species, including Indian runner ducklings, crested ducklings and muscovy ducklings. Check out my vine to see more of these cute fellows.

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What I also loved about the reserve were the sheer quantity of coot and moorhen nests – more than I’ve ever seen! This photograph shows a coot but I made a video of moorhen chicks that I put on my youtube channel. I think the chicks look like tiny dinosaurs!

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There were also many beautiful geese, more than I’ve ever seen and from all around the world including these wonderful red breasted geese.

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The highlight of my day feeding the Andean geese by hand and feeling them nibble my palms – definitely an amazing way to get close to wildlife and support the charities behind conservation. 🙂

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