Martin Mere Burscough Reviews
Martin Mere in late September Sep 29, 2011
Martin Mere is one of the reserves owned by the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust.
Different areas have a totally different appeal. The largest single division is between the exotic species that have been brought to the area - with specific sites representing different parts of the world, and the hides for observing the wildlife of the wetlands. In the first group, as well as some spectacular birds there is a substantial enclosure for Asian otters and another for beavers.
Although an attempt is currently being made to re-introduce beavers to the UK, this is only in Scotland. However you are unlikely to see one here except possibly very early or late in the day. The otters, on the other hand, are exceedingly active. Asian otters are the world's smallest and initially we thought we were looking at pups! The otters themselves may have been certain of their identity although they were at times adopting poses more associated with meercats.
Late September is too early to see the Whooper and Bewick's swans that migrate from arctic Russia for the coldest part of the winter. Unlike our mute swans, they have yellow marks above their beaks. It is said to be a great time for unusual migrants but I was not lucky with that on this visit.
The pink-footed geese had started to arrive. Notices at the entrance claimed there were already 4500 in the area. My friend and I were watching what must have been between 2000 and 3000 of them being boringly sedentary as you might expect at that time of day. However a peregrine falcon flew over and clearly disturbed the geese - which all took off making remarkable patterns in the sky. Anyone arriving ten minutes later could never have believed it had happened as the had resumed their sedentary positions but for the short time it was a truly magnificent spectacle.
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