Become a Wetland Ranger this summer at Martin Mere

Families can join in the fun to become Junior Wetland Rangers at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Martin Mere Wetland Centre this summer holiday.

You can follow in the footsteps of the Martin Mere rangers and help them with their daily mission to save wetland nature and set off for a full day of discovery and adventure and learn how to care for and protect our beautiful wetlands with a wide variety of wetland ranger activities.

The ranger activities include:

  • Fun Flamingo health check. Every year the rangers need to do a health check on the flamingos to make sure they are healthy. Here you will find out how to do and become a Junior Wetland Ranger.
  • Bird ringing. Ringing birds is really important to learn about how long they live and when and where they move to. In this session you will find out how to measure, weigh and ring a bird
  • Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS). Visit the Discovery hide and count the number of birds you can see – the main ones to look for are in your Ranger Record Book!
  • Pond surveying. How many species can you identify in the daily pond dipping sessions between 1:30pm and 3pm. Will you come face to face with newts?
  • DIY weather station. Make a weather station in the craft room between 1pm and 4pm

Complete at least three of these activities and you can come along to a special ceremony at 4pm in the exhibition hall to collect your ranger badge.

There’s a host of exciting reasons to keep coming back all summer long, including bat and barn owl nights, a brass rubbings trail, and canoeing or boat tours on which you can spot giant bugs.

A full list of activities taking place can be found on the Martin Mere centre event page –

John Arbon, one of WWT’s real-life wetland rangers, said, “I love being a wetland ranger for WWT and helping to care for and protect our amazing wetland wildlife.

“We thought families would welcome the chance to experience what it’s like to be a ranger through special fun-packed, mini adventures, which include activities that I do as part of my day to day job.

“Hopefully, we’ll also inspire some of our younger visitors to become the wetland rangers of the future, helping to create a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives.”

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