An otterly good summer at WWT Martin Mere

Baby otters born at Martin Mere,Burscough   Pic by Martin Birchall.
Baby otters born at Martin Mere,Burscough Pic by Martin Birchall.
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Three otter cubs have been born at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

The three cubs, all girls, are now 6 weeks old, will soon be starting to venture out of the nest to explore their new home.

Mum and dad, Thai and Ned, were welcomed to Martin Mere in 2009, and this is the second time that they have produced young. They have on average put on approximately 10g a day since birth and are now a healthy weight and will soon become curious about their surroundings. Due to the otters being so small, we have had to be creative to weigh them and found that using postage scales is the most accurate method.

Centre Manager, Andy Wooldridge, said: “I am delighted that the otters have produced young. Parents and cubs are all very healthy and it will be a delight to watch them spend their time together as a family. I have no doubt that the young otters will prove to be a huge attraction over the next couple of months.”

The otters are fed twice a day at 11.30am and 2.30pm to allow visitors the opportunity to watch the otters play. They have a diet of soft meat and fish.

WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations. Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.