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Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve

Marton Mere is a quiet refuge surprisingly situated on the outskirts of Blackpool. The reserve is an SSSI in recognition of its bird population, but it also supports important populations of dragonflies, butterflies, bats and orchids.

The site contains open water, reedbeds, grassland, scrub and some pockets of woodland. There are foorpaths through the reserve providing access to the bird hides.


Location and Access

The reserve is next to the Marton Mere Holiday Village. From April to September there is parking available on East Park Drive and Lawson Road.

Head north from Marton on the A587, Lawson Road is the last road on the right in the built up zone.

Grid reference: SD334353

Wildlife Highlights

Water rail, bittern, whimbrel, Marsh harrier and even osprey can be seen here. The the reedbeds are home to sedge and reed warblers as well as reed bunting. If you ar elucky you might also see long-eared owl, sparrowhawk or peregrines, and even a few sightings of merlin have been reported.

Common blue, Red admiral, meadow brown and gatekeeper buterflies are all common here.


These maps are intended as a guideline only; you must check the exact location of the reserve yourself. Wildlife Extra assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or usefulness of the information on this website.


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