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Monday, 04 March 2013 (3035957)
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust starts work on new attraction
by David Simister

A SPECTACULAR new exhibit designed to wow visitors is the newest attraction at a West Lancashire wetland attraction, the site's operators have said this week.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the charity which operates Martin Mere, said that work has started on a new development called Weird and Wonderful, which is a complete redevelopment of the Australasia area of the attraction's wildlife gardens, and will take around six months to complete.

Andy Wooldridge, centre manager, said: “The Weird and Wonderful exhibits will show case amazing wetland birds with weird and wonderful adaptations and behaviours for the educational benefit of our visitors.

”We have identified some of the most weird and wonderful wetlands birds such as crowned cranes, hooded mergansers, black swans, Cape Barren geese, and magpie geese and plan to bring them together into a set of exhibits to showcase these amazing features and to explain their function. This is going to be a great addition to Martin Mere Wetland Centre.“

The WWT said the new exhibit will transform an existing area of the grounds involving remodeling of ponds, a new entrance, an access bridge and detailed re-landscaping of five separate exhibits. The design will also incorporate a walk-in crowned crane aviary which will also feature exotic comb ducks and free flying white-faced whistling ducks.

The site is designed to stimulate debate about what makes Martin Mere's residents so wonderful, and the hope is to answer questions raised through the use information boards and sound pods to make learning about ornithology fun and interactive.

Weird and Wonderful is expected to welcome its first visitors in July, to tie in with the start of the school summer holidays. The rest of Martin Mere will remain open while construction is underway.


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