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Martin Mere is famous for its birds, particularly its wintering wildfowl. However, the vegetation upon which these birds feed, rest and roost is also carefully managed and monitored to maintain optimum conditions for the migratory visitors. The communities of wildflowers, grasses, sedges and rushes here are of national importance and every year at the site there is some monitoring of this vegetation.

This summer a comprehensive survey of all the established grasslands took place, to inform the new ten-year nature reserve management plan. Led by our Senior Ecologist, Dominic Rigby, and supported by WWT staff, volunteers and local experts, a National Vegetation Survey (NVC) took place over two weeks in July.