Marton Mere Nature Reserve is just a 10 minute drive from my home & is, along with Stanley Park, what I consider to be my local patch. Blackpool is very fortunate to have such a wonderful little reserve on itís doorstep. Marton Mere Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its bird populations, but it also supports a number of other nationally important species such as dragonflies, butterflies, bats and orchids. The site contains a diversity of habitats including open water, reed beds, grassland as well as pockets of woodland and scrub.
Marton Mere has provided me with excellent sights of a variety of wildlife, including Bitterns, Long eared Owls, Sparrowhawks, Great Crested & Little Grebes, Fieldfare, Redwing, Woodpeckers, Jays, Water Rail, Whooper Swans and a whole host of Ducks & Geese, many of which Iíve been fortunate enough to photograph & youíll find many images from the reserve in my galleries. Itís an urban site, and as such does sometimes suffer from nuisance behaviour such as vandalism and discarded litter etc, but the recently installed cctv has gone a long way towards addressing this problem. Marton Mere is a little gem of a reserve that Blackpool can rightly be proud of.