Martin Mere Bird Observatory

As part of a major wetland regeneration scheme at the WWT Martin Mere centre in Lancashire (UK) financed by the Heritage Commission Lottery Fund, we spent 2003 designing and 2004 building this iconic piece of landscape sculpturing and architecture. Integrating a wealth of local history and nature we have maximised the educational opportunities that this scheme provides.

  • It incorporates the rebirth of an ancient track way across the Mere.
  • It builds on the theme of the locally important Marsh Harrier.
  • It creates an arena for public stimulation and events, and
  • It utilises 6,000 year old bog oaks to create a latter day wood henge circle.

This extends the concept of a bird observatory on into bog oak alignments that mark key dates in the solar calendar as well as the arrival and departure times of the main migrating birds at this important wetland site.