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NORTH WEST ENGLAND

ASHTON MEMORIAL AND BUTTERFLY HOUSE

Tel 01524 33318
Williamson House, Lancaster

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Butterfly

The admission price covers entrance to the Minibeast House, Conservation Gardens, Ashton Memorial and Butterfly House. As well as these there are extensive grounds and lakes, plenty of room for football and running around, plus a children's adventure play area. Café.

LEIGHTON MOSS BIRD RESERVE

Tel: 01524 701601
Silverdale

By road The reserve is 4 miles/6 km north of Carnforth. Take J35 off the M6 (signposted Carnforth), then follow the A6 north (signposted to Milnthorpe). Brown Tourist signs direct you to the reserve off the A6 and take you through the villages of Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Storrs. Alternatively, to come from Carnforth, follow signs to Silverdale, passing through the village of Millhead. Shortly after entering Warton, turn left and follow the road until you come to a T-junction beyond the level crossing, where you turn right, then right again just before the Silverdale railway station. Grid reference The reserve is situated at grid reference SD478750

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Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in the North West of England. Several rare species of birds breed in the reeds, notably bittern, marsh harrier, water rail, bearded tit, shoveler and pochard. Marsh harriers are summer visitors but the others are present all year. Around 75 species of birds breed on the nature reserve and large duck flocks are present during the winter months, usually on the open water. There are seven birdwatching hides.

MARTIN MERE WILDFOWL RESERVE

Tel: 01704 895181
Redcat Lane, Burscough
Located 6 miles from Ormskirk and 10 miles from Southport, Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. Burscough railway station (on the Southport - Manchester line) is approximately one mile from WWT Martin Mere. Cyclists are always welcome.

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Visit Martin Mere and come into close contact with wetlands and their wildlife. You can get close enough to feed some of the birds straight from your hand and the Centre is the only location in the North West to have beavers. Special events and exhibitions help to give an insight into the wonder of wetlands and the vital need for their conservation. The pond maze is the heart of the adventure. To get there children have to tackle a swaying bridge over a simulated wetland, migrate like a swan on the aerial flyway, or zoom down the otter slide. There are plenty of activities for toddlers too

MERE SANDS WOOD

Tel: 01704 821809
Mere Sands Wood, Holmeswood Road, Rufford L40 1TG

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Tucked away in Rufford is a true wildlife oasis - The Wildlife Trust's Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve. One of the finest nature reserves in the region, Mere Sands Wood is a wildlife rich haven in the heart of agricultural landscape. The site covers 42 hectares (105 acres) of lakes, woodland and grasslands, managed for wildlife and people. The nature reserve has a fascinating history. This has led to the development of a variety of quality habitats that host nationally important wildlife and to the discovery of internationally significant geology. Wildlife for All The reserve's facilities have been designed to allow access to people with a wide range of abilities. There are three trails/routes around the reserve. Each has a different level of accessibility. The different trails take you through a section of the site that best represents one of the three elements of Mere, Sands and Wood.

RIBBLE DISCOVERY CENTRE

Tel: 01253 796292
Fairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes

Information about RSPB and estuary birdlife. Information on talks, walks, family fun events and educational events.

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