Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve is a tranquil refuge on Blackpool’s urban fringe, important for nature conservation, quiet recreation and environmental education.
The reserve is nationally recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its bird populations, but it also supports a number of other nationally important species such as dragonflies, butterflies, bats and orchids. Marton Mere is Blackpool’s biodiversity hot spot, despite it once being part of Blackpool Corporation’s rubbish tip.
The site contains a diversity of habitats including open water, reed beds, grassland as well as pockets of woodland and scrub. Visitors can enjoy the area through following the designated footpaths around the site and visiting the numerous bird watching hides.
Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve is owned, managed and funded by Blackpool Council in partnership with Marton Mere Holiday Village. The Council undertake large conservation projects with the Volunteer Rangers, to protect the interests of people and wildlife.
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