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  • Animal Magic returns to wetland centre

    Henry James

    MARTIN Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough is throwing open its doors on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24 for its annual wildlife spectacular, Animal Magic.

    Working with Exotic Zoo, regularly featured on the TV programme Blue Peter, Animal Magic is the centre’s most popular family event, with more than 5,000 people attending last year.

    Visitors this year will have the chance to: meet a baby crocodile and an armadillo; go on a donkey ride; see wallabies and meerkats; hug a greyhound; watch Asian short-clawed otters and pygmy goats play; get close to a variety of birds of prey; or be scared by lots of reptiles and insects.

    Most of the displays will be indoors.

    Centre manager, Nick Brooks, said: “Animal Magic is our most popular family event at the centre.

    “We always try to stage events that provide a fantastic opportunity for our visitors to experience something new; where you can get very close to or stroke animals such as an armadillo and meerkats at one event.

    “You can see all kinds of animals you probably wouldn’t come across in your day-to-day life and it is amazing to see so many children enjoy the experience.”

    During the weekend people can have a go at free pond dipping at the Pond House to see what creatures visitors can see in the ponds.

    There will also be a range of family craft activities for children between 11am and 4pm, some of which may include a small charge.

    People can also have a go on the award-winning canoe safari and boat tour experience, as well as building dens out of conifer and exploring the new adventure play area.

    The event is taking place from 10am to 4pm.


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