Martin Mere statement...

We missed you all during lockdown and we hope you’ve kept safe and well. You remain our primary concern, so rest assured that we’re following the latest Government guidance and we are only opening as and when we can do so safely.

What you need to know

To help keep you and our staff, volunteers and local communities safe, we're limiting the number of people who can visit on any one day. And we have introduced a booking system to manage that.
Bookings open every Wednesday morning at 9am for the following week, and you need to book before midnight the day before you’d like to visit.

Please read through to understand everything you need to know about what to expect from your visit and how to book.

What can I expect on my visit?

The wetlands and the wildlife that you come to see is all here as usual. However, we’ve rearranged a few things to keep everyone safe.

  • If you have to queue to get in, you’ll be asked to keep two metres apart from the people in front. There will be screens up at the admission desk.
  • We’ve limited access to indoor areas. You won’t be able to go into our aviaries or flamingo houses. Some hides are closed completely because they’re just too small. Others are open for a set number of people. Where hides have more than one floor, we’re only opening the ground floor. And we’re keeping the doors and windows propped open so you don’t have to touch them.
  • Our play areas are closed for the moment, and we aren’t running activities such as pond-dipping, walks and talks.
  • Some paths are now one-way to help you keep a safe distance from other households. And we’ve closed some areas where people might naturally gather. Where possible, we’ve removed or propped open gates.
  • Toilets are available but please be aware that we’ve closed some because they’re simply too small. Please ask a member of staff on site if you need directions to the nearest facilities.
  • We’ve increased our cleaning regime, particularly our toilets. And we have plenty of hand sanitiser available around the site.
  • For now we’re not selling grain for you to feed the birds. Rest assured, we’re still feeding them though, so please don’t bring bread or any of your own food for them.
  • Unfortunately for the time being we can’t offer mobility scooters or wheelchairs for hire. You’re welcome to bring your own mobility scooter or wheelchair as usual.

Our shops and cafes are closed for now, but we hope to be able to offer takeaway food very soon. You’re welcome to bring your own food and drink and make use of our picnic areas. We’ve spaced the benches out to keep you safe.

From the experience of the last few months, we know that the situation changes frequently. We do our best to keep the information here on our website completely up to date, but sometimes that’s not 100% possible. You may find that on the day you visit we’ve had to close something, or we’ve been able to open up something that was previously restricted. We hope that doesn’t affect your enjoyment of your day.

So take your time, look, watch and listen, and enjoy being surrounded by nature.

How do I book?

We’re carefully managing the total number of people who visit on any one day to help keep everyone safe.

Everyone, whether you’re a WWT member or not, must book in advance for the day you wish to visit.
Bookings open every Wednesday morning at 9am for the following week, and you need to book before midnight the day before you’d like to visit.