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SADOLIN - Martin Mere Wildlife And Wetlands Centre Insists On Sadolin

One of Lancashire’s best loved visitor attractions, Martin Mere Wildlife and Wetlands Centre in Ormskirk is an internationally important nature reserve which provides a home for over a hundred types of rare and endangered water-birds, and wetland mammals including otters and beavers in their natural habitat.

Part of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), a leading UK conservation organisation and registered charity, Martin Mere is committed to managing its 150 hectares of wetland areas and maintaining its wildlife habitats and biodiversity characteristics in a sustainable way. This naturally impacts upon the design and construction of the buildings around the reserve, the way they blend with the landscape and the specification of products employed to maintain them.

Peter Bullen who has worked at Martin Mere for over thirty years is in charge of all building and maintenance. He specifies Sadolin exterior woodcare coatings for use on the main reception building and the many catering kiosks, animal enclosures, hides, washrooms, storage sheds and other timberclad structures which are discretely positioned around the reserve. Wherever a translucent finish is required he uses Sadolin Classic for its longlasting protective benefits. Where a solid opaque finish is needed, Sadolin Superdec is used as an alternative to conventional exterior paint.

“We are a charity with a very small staff and very tight constraints on our budgets”, says Peter. “From a financial point of view we swear by Sadolin Classic and Superdec because we know from experience that the decorative and protective benefits they offer last for many years, and they enable us to extend our maintenance schedules for as long as possible.

“Sadolin Classic soaks deep into wood and is an ideal stain that we can use right across the board on all our planed or rough sawn timber, wall cladding panels and decking. Just two coats are needed to provide years and years of weather protection, and it allows all the natural grain and character of the wood to show through.

“Wherever we want a more solid opaque finish, Superdec is ideal because it flexes with the natural expansion and contraction of the woodwork and however extreme the weather conditions, it doesn’t chip, crack or peel in the same way as conventional paint does.

“One of the key things I like most about Superdec is the fact that it is self priming and self undercoating so it’s very easy to use,” adds Peter, “That’s really important because we rely on volunteers to do a lot of painting for us. Superdec is less hassle than a conventional paint system and anyone can achieve a really good finish.

“I also love the fact that Superdec is waterborne. I’m responsible for health and safety as well as buildings and maintenance and I prefer all my volunteers to work with low odour water-borne coatings wherever possible. It dries really quickly too. We only have around 90 minutes in the morning to carry out any necessary maintenance work before we open to the public so this is critical. We can get facilities back into operation rapidly without causing any disruption for visitors or having to put wet paint signs everywhere.”

Peter and his colleagues have worked hard to create a serene and natural ambience at Martin Mere, not just for the welfare of the wildlife, but also to enhance the level of enjoyment experienced by the 180,000 people who visit the reserve every year. The unobtrusive low level timber buildings are all carefully designed and decorated in unassuming shades to blend into the wetland setting without spoiling the beautiful views in every direction.

“That’s why we stick to Classic in Smokey Blue and use Superdec in Sargasso Sea and a very deep rich green” says Peter. “This green shade is the signature colour of Martin Mere and we use it to paint all our wooden signage and information boards. We have it specially mixed for us at Southport Crown Decorating Centre which supplies all our paint and woodcare products.”

“People come from miles around to enjoy the amazing wildlife here,” says Peter. “The last thing we want to do is detract from the views of the birds with their beautiful plumage. If anyone wants to see brilliant vivid colours that really stand out at Martin Mere, they need look no further than the flamingo enclosure!”


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