In Tarlscough on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain, Martin Mere is an enormous stretch of marshland that was once the largest body of freshwater in England. Now drained, a significant proportion is managed as a wetland nature reserve by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a European Special Protection Area and a Ramsar Wetland. It hosts a huge array of wildlife; predominantly interesting, though, are the birds which come from all over Europe and beyond to overwinter. The Reserve runs art, photography and bird-watching workshops and canoe safaris. Walking is also popular.