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Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

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Quiet wooded walks

Went by chance. The walk round is wooded and quiet with hides dotted about on the way. You can get... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Preston, United Kingdom
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Being a Member of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust I visited this Nature Reserve

We walked round the Reserve, there were plenty of hides for Bird Watching. We paid £6 which was... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
St Helens, United Kingdom
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“bird life”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Woodview Holmeswood Road, Rufford L40 1TG, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Until recently I have been a fairly regular visitor to this reserve as its a really pleasant woodland walk but I'll be very unlikely to return. A recent visit to Mere Sands Wood has resulted in my receiving a parking "fine" of £50 (£25 if...More

Thank andyhall2017
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I would be very cautious of visiting this site. They use a dodgy car park operator (Park with Ease....look them up) who apparently could find no record of our £2 parking payment. The machine could not find our car reg despite repeated attempts at entering...More

Thank Mels1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a keen birdwatcher and was told that there were Kingfishers,Bittern and even Otters, but it must have been a poor day because I barely saw anything at all in the two and a half hours I was there. Don't get me wrong it's...More

1  Thank chrishansford
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Went by chance. The walk round is wooded and quiet with hides dotted about on the way. You can get a map but even then the signage could be a bit better. Definitely need binoculars if you are going to look at waterbirds. I spent...More

1  Thank bikerdave2016
Reviewed 14 July 2018

We walked round the Reserve, there were plenty of hides for Bird Watching. We paid £6 which was supposed to cover Car-Parking where there is a charge of £2. The reason we paid £6 was that we had booked in for a Dragon Fly Walk,...More

Thank BrianB321
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

We visited the lovely Mere Sands woods late on a Sunday afternoon (16:35). I read the notices which seemed to say pay as you leave in the shop. The shop was closed and I looked for a meter but COULDN’T SEE ONE (we were parked...More

3  Thank Julia M
Reviewed 5 June 2018

I am an old age pensioner who has visited many times and always donated . Went recently and saw for the first time I would have to pay £2 to park - no problem with that and happy to do as well as leaving my...More

Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Spent the morning at Mere Sands Woods with my nephew who’s 7 and niece who’s 11. One of the fantastic volunteers, Sue, was our guide for a fascinating pond dipping session which soon became a fierce competition to see who could get the widest variety...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 8 May 2018

I was looking for somewhere close to home that we could take the dogs to on a bank holiday. What a find just down the road from where we live,I had no idea it was there. Well maintained paths in delightful woodland setting. Dogs must...More

Thank Unaavi
Reviewed 22 April 2018

I try and visit this reserve every week or so. It's a great reserve and the people who work and volunteer there are always helpful and take the time to tell you what has been seen. The reserve is well laid out and has a...More

Thank Angel H
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Lynn D
29 January 2018|
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Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Glad someone answered first. I'm not sure of the distances. I hope you get to give it a try sometime.
Ray H
7 February 2017|
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Response from Lindsay B | Property representative |
We are sorry to hear that you have received a parking charge notice following the change from a voluntary to a compulsory charge for parking in April 2016. For 10 years we had a machine on the car park to accept a... More