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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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Woodview Holmeswood Road, Rufford L40 1TG, England
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Reviewed 17 November 2018

Mere sands wood is a lovely nature reserve, full of wildlife and is a lovely place to spend the day. If you are interested in wildlife, want to walk the dog or just simply go to relax, Mere Sands ticks all boxes. Parking is NOT...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Sightseer795799
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

A great wildlife trust nature near Parbold. Good level paths. Bird hides, one behind reeds to see dragonflies. Mixed woodland and wide range of birds.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

This is a super place for a walk amongst trees. We took our little border terrier and he loved it. The outside walk is about 2 miles long and is a bird watchers paradise. There are two hides to watch the birds on the lake...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank George E
Reviewed 21 September 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank andyhall2017
Reviewed 21 September 2018 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mels1
Reviewed 6 September 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
4  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

Date of experience: May 2018
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Lynn D
29 January 2018|
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Response from johnhK8564WM | 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