WWT Martin Mere, Burscough, Ormskirk L40 0TA
Staff: Andy Bunting (manager)
There is plenty of free car parking and there are trains to Burscough Bridge from Manchester, Wigan, Liverpool and Preston further information 0345 484950. Buses run to Martin Mere from Ormskirk (on Sundays only as far as Burscough Bridge). Further information 0870 608 2608
All sales support the conservation work of WWT Martin Mere
Non WWT Mmembers
If you only want to visit the In Focus shop, just buy a ticket and ask us to stamp it at the shop. You will get a refund when you leave the reserve.
Sales of binoculars and telescopes in Lancashire
In Focus’ shop at WWT Martin Mere sells a wide range of binoculars, telescopes and birdwatching equipment from leading manufacturers such as Opticron, Zeiss, Nikon, Swarovski and Steiner as well as our own brand, Delta. We stock binoculars, telescopes, eyepieces, tripods and digiscoping kit as well as accessories and birding books.
Situated in a purpose built showroom at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre (off the A59 at Burscough Bridge), our shop has the best optics testing facilities in the North West of England. Since January 1999 over 180 species have been listed from the shop, including: Glossy Ibis, Black-winged Stilt, Cattle Egret, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Vagrant Canada Goose, American Green-winged Teal, Bittern, Goshawk, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, Osprey, Honey Buzzard, White-winged Black Tern, Spoonbill, Red-necked, Grey and Wilson’s Phalarope..
For more information on the Martin Mere reserve go to www.wwt.org.uk and click on Martin Mere.
View from Our Window
Spring is fully underway with Avocet, Lapwing and Redshanks all nesting. After cold slow start the arrival of migrant birds has livened up the reserve no end with Yellow and White Wagtails present for over a week. Likewise a male Whinchat was viewable from our shop. Swallow, Sand and House Martins, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Willow, Sedge and Reed Warblers all arrived in the space of a week or so.
In recent years May has turned up some very good birds with Common Crane and Montagu’s Harrier.
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If you pop into our shop we should be able to update you as to what’s been seen in recent days.
If you need some help in identifying birds, in focus manager Andy Bunting is running an identification workshop in conjunction with the WWT running throughout the year. Further details can be found on:
Binocular Top Three
1. Delta SL3 8/10×42
2. Opticron Discovery 8×32
3. Zeiss HT 8/10×42
The FS40 Panasonic Lumix digiscoping. This model has been upgraded to include a 14 mega pixel camera which also films in HD. Using the excellent tried and tested DCC mount the kit can be combined with most telescopes. The camera operations are the simplest yet for those with techno-phobia! Call in for a demonstration.
Andy Bunting also runs a popular Wildlife Photography and Digiscoping Workshop in conjunction with the WWT. Further details can be found on http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/martin-mere/dont-miss/workshops/ or by calling WWT Martin Mere on 01704 895181