Centre boss is leaving for new test

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A wildlife centre manager is to step down after 40 years of service.

Martin Mere Wetland Centre’s Andy Wooldridge has decided that the time is right for him to take on a new challenge outside of the Trust and he will be leaving Martin Mere in April.

Andy joined the Trust in 1973 when he was just 16 years old as a volunteer.

He worked as a warden and grounds manager for a number of years before becoming the centre manager five years ago, steering the Martin Mere through a period including the development of new facilities such as Mere Side Cafe, canoe safari and adventure play area.

He said: “The Trust has been a large part of my life for the last 40 years and I have enjoyed every minute of working for WWT. I feel that I have contributed a lot in that time, and taken the Centre as far as I can. It’s time for me to pursue a fresh opportunity and for the Centre to benefit from a new Manager.”

The recruitment procedure for the new centre manager will begin this month.

Martin Mere is based near Burscough and is open every day between 9.30am and 5pm.

For more information, visit the website at www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere.