According to its official website, Martin Mere is "where wilderness and family-friendliness combine." You will no-doubt agree. Boasting an otter enclosure, beaver lodge and eco-garden, among a plethora of other attractions, the reserve's child-friendly environment which fosters learning and respect for nature. The wetlands also serve as home to over 2000 different species of animal, from amphibians to reptiles, insects to mammals. Winter is a good time to visit - you really do feel part of nature watching the migrant wild geese and swans which take flight at this time of year. The reserve is also Ramsar-rated, an indication of its contribution towards promoting sustainable development.