Marton Mere Nature Reserve: £740k revamp gets under way

Marton Mere Nature Reserve Image copyright Blackpool Council
Image caption The Blackpool nature reserve is an area of Special Scientific Interest

Work has begun on a £740,000 project to revitalise a Lancashire nature reserve.

The improvements to Marton Mere Nature Reserve in Blackpool will include a new visitor centre, classrooms for school projects and an elevated bird hide.

The project, funded by bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency, will be one of the biggest of its kind in the town.

The reserve is an area of Special Scientific Interest and is recognised for its plant, bird, and mammal life.

It is hoped the funding will help protect the reserve's ecosystems and make it more appealing and accessible.

Entrances will be upgraded and made more welcoming, and the footpath network will be refurbished and developed for wheelchair access.

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