Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

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Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve
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Mr_Squirrel
Formby, UK25 contributions
A lovely autumn walk with the family
Nov 2020
Visited Mere Sands Wood for a walk and picnic and had a lovely day.
Our 4 and 1 year olds enjoyed exploring and we were able to keep a safe distance from other walkers with no problems at all.
The site is flat and accessible for all, and the coffee shop is open for take out drinks and snacks to take with you.
We had a lovely picnic, fed the ducks some seed and saw squirrels, jays and a variety of other birds which fascinated our nature loving 4 year old.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and more than happy to stop for a chat with the children.
A great day out for us all.
Written November 19, 2020
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chris c
Preston, UK20 contributions
Lovely area but for the cafe, which was poor.
Oct 2020
The nature reserve itself is so relaxing to stroll around. So peaceful. However, our disappointment was the cafe. We expected to eat inside and enjoy, perhaps, at least a toasted teacake, sandwich, bacon buttie or the likes. Couldn't sit at the tables, no food available other than chocolate bars. Very disappointing and the coffee from the machine was lukewarm. We spoke to several other people who'd been disappointed too, so not just us.
Written October 15, 2020
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Departure559194
Southport, UK2 contributions
Bad parking expereince
Sep 2020
The place LOVELY

The Parking Company ROGUES

Keep your parking ticket somewhere safe!

Was charged £25 for non payment of £2 parking charge which I paid!
Written October 8, 2020
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Alison S
1 contribution
Car park extortion
Jul 2020 • Couples
been here many a time over the years but never again ! They have employed an aggressive parking company.

Went 21st july in lockdown, tried to pay on way out with bank card but machine not working properly ! No cash as it was the height of covid and difficult to get any change from anywhere. Appealed against the parking charge to be told "if you cant pay dont stay" yet the signs clearly say pay on exit. Also the parking companies e mails go to your junk folder !! Have now got debt collectors notice.

Thank you from an NHS worker who worked throughout the pandemic !
Written September 17, 2020
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Anise
Lancashire, UK45 contributions
A Slice of Tranquility
Sep 2020 • Family
As a family we have been many times, in all weathers. It’s a great place to escape to for an hour or two. There are a several hides along around the reserve for observations and a few different route options (some better accessible than others). There’s a particular stretch I am fond of which overlooks the fields and it is so peaceful.

It is £2 to park or you can buy an annual pass, which is well worth the money if you see yourself coming a few times a year. They have recently resurfaced the car park so it is no longer unsteady, plus I see they have also opened a cafe, although I have not tried this yet.
Written September 9, 2020
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GGGGGGabi
3 contributions
Hidden gem for a relaxed, socially distanced stroll in nature.
Aug 2020 • Friends
Hidden gem for a relaxed, socially distanced stroll in nature. Nothing quite beats getting out there - the sounds of the birds, the sun on your back, perfect.
Written August 14, 2020
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alchermist
Southport, UK2,594 contributions
Excellent way to spend a few hours.
Aug 2020
Perfect place to just decompress for a few hours, paths are well layed out and signposted although a few signs are in need of repair, no shortage of hides so you are bound to find one to have to yourself, plenty of places just perfect for a picnic, car park has fresh tarmac so no potholes and at only two pound to park its great value for money, one tip i would give is take a photo of your parking ticket on display in your car as there are a few comments on here about people paying for parking and then being sent a fine for not paying, private parking company, say no more, they are all a bunch of rouges. Will definitely be coming back for many years to come.
Written August 6, 2020
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Kath S
4 contributions
Lovely
Aug 2019
I love it here. five stars for the site and the new visitor centre when it's completed ( I had a sneak peek). The car park needs the pot holes filled but that will come in time. Quiet and tranquil. Parking for £2 is a bonus.
Written July 7, 2020
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Jacob M
1 contribution
Penalty charge of £25
Mar 2020
We visited the site just before the lockdown. We have been a few times before and always paid the £2 fee. This time we forgot to pay. Yesterday we received a fine for £25 through the post. We are extremely angry as the visitor centre is closed and has been for about 6 months. The whole site is run down and very shabby. The car park is potholed and could damage your car. You cannot speak to anyone in regards to the fine it is an automated service. I will not be visiting the site again, and I will make sure no one I know visits it in the future.
Written April 2, 2020
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-medvem-
manchester190 contributions
Good walks and views
Mar 2020 • Solo
Car park £2 for all day and no charge for entry. Paths round mainly suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Dogs on leads ok. Car park full but site did not feel crowded. Hides around the lake. Its nature so cant expect guaranteed sightings but i saw plenty. Take binoculars. Feeding station behind visitors centre brought in the reed buntings too.
Cafe being renovated but due to open early 2020.
Written March 8, 2020
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