NATURE NOTES - A walk on the wild side

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WHY not enjoy a wild time this October half term and take your children for a day out to a local nature reserve.

There are lots of activities at centres across the North West, including Martin Mere which has put on a series of special events for the holidays.

Otter feeds - Free

Come and see our family of Asian Short-clawed otters as they are fed at 11.30am and 2.30pm. The feed also includes a talk by a volunteer.

Learn about swans- Free (from 29 October)

At 12.30pm find out about some of the swans in an interactive talk that takes you our into the Swan Link hide.

Learn about flamingos - Free (until 28 October)

At 12.45pm find out about flamingos, why are they pink? what do they eat? why do they stand on one leg?

Guided tour - Free

At 1.15pm, meet at the Peter Scott bust to go on a guided tour of the waterfowl gardens and learn about all of the birds at the Centre

Beaver talk (drop-in) - Free (until 28 October)

Between 2pm and 2.30pm drop into the beaver lodge and ask questions about the beavers. There are props including a skull and pelt.

Swan spectacular - Free (from 29 October)

Watch swan feeds at 3pm from the Swan Link Hide and 3.30pm from Raines Observatory. The 3.30pm feed includes a talk with a warden.

Pumpkin Carving

Come and carve your pumpkin using carving tools and scary designs

11am - 4pm in the dome £3 each or two for £5

Family activities

Between 1pm and 4pm take part in family crafts in the Pintail room. Some crafts require a small charge

Have a go at building your own den out of confier - free

Scott 100 letters

100 years ago Captain Scott wrote to his wife and asked her to make his boy interested in natural history. His son, Peter Scott went on to establish WWT. The centre is running a unique competition that will allow you to write your own letter to someone, asking them to do something to help the natural world. 100 letters will be chosen and posted from Antartica in 2013. Can you help history repeat itself?

Canoe safari

Get a close encounter with nature on the brand new attraction: Canoe Safari

The safari will be open every day until 4 NOvember 2012. You can take to the water in a canoe to meander around a new wetland we have created. You can get close to nature and have lots of fun.

The boats are a maximum of 3 people and children under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. The cost to take part is £5 per boat

Boat tours

Take a peaceful tour of our wetlands via a guided boat, learning all about Martin Mere, watching wildlife, spotting dragonflies, listening for warblers and admiring the wild flowers whilst enjoying the peace and tranquiity. The boat tours cost £2 per seat for the 30 minute guided tour. For further details visit www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere