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“lovely”

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Neston
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

lovely part of the wirral. very picturesque and very refreshing with the green areas and open areas. met a local when we were there and they too were very friendly. recomended if you have children, or a family looking for a relax.

1  Thank JessTaylor8787
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

In the most beautiful part of the Wirral, the RSPB have recently opened this new reserve. It is adjacent to a very well kept secret, Inner Marsh Farm, which the RPSB have run very quietly for a long time , for members only.
Now it is time to invite everyone to see this lovely area, with plans for the new reserve to be joined to Inner Marsh Farm by footpath. We have visited in summer and seen Purple Hairstreak butterflies on the tops of the Oak trees, and at other times of the year to see the many varieties of birds that live here. There is woodland, marsh and pools, so quite a diverse cross section of creatures to spot.
The visitors centre has a couch and drinks machine, with snacks available, and there are a couple of hides open, and paths to explore. There are toilets and a free car park too. We always get a warm welcome from the staff, who will tell you whats about and where everything is.
We look forward to visiting again.

2  Thank SallyO85
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

had not been before so decided to follow the signs. The road? was a narrow one way track but don't let that put you off! Plenty of parking spaces. We were welcomed by a ranger and the area was explained. we went into the building and were surprised to note how comfortable it was wit panoramic views of the wetlands and binoculars for the use of visitors to see the bird population.
Well worth a visit.

Thank johnjoan47
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

A relatively new site from the RSPB. Visited 23rd November and whilst it is very early days this will develop into a little gem (or already has?). Woodland walks, walks between lakes, hides to view from, plenty of feeding stations perfect for photographers; so all in all a little bit of everything.

Built on green principles and very nice to see recycled rainwater used in the toilets. As soon as I arrived I was greeted by RSPB officials (probably voluntary?) and when I said it was my first visit, they took the trouble to explain the plan of the site and what birds I could expect to see. This centre has a warm and friendly ambience, but nothing in the way of wildlife was afoot at 11am.

Refreshments are limited and I believe the suggested donation is £1 for a drink and a piece of confectionery?

This is not your Leighton Moss type of site and given the quiet location you will need to be prepared, so for this time of year wellies, waterproofs, gloves/hat/scarf, and food/hot drink are essential items. In summer it might not keep you going all day but I popped up to Parkgate and Thursanton, and went back to Burton Mere at 2-30pm.

Having spent a further hour or so in the visitors centre I was given more advice on the abundance of birds that had arrived on the lakes, presumably after the high tide. I also spent over 45 minutes observing the feeders. Birds were topping up for the evening but disappointingly my photo's were poor, probably down to me and not the poor light.

The proximity and location of the feeders to the paths is excellent, and a perfect way to introduce children to observing wildlife.

Full marks to the RSPB for developing this site, and its just a question of when I go back. A good tip for birders-take note of the tide times and drop your spouse/partner off at the nearby Cheshire Oaks like I did and let them do the Shopping or Christmas Shopping, whilst you go birding!

I cannot say how accessible the grounds are for pushchairs or wheelchairs, and would recommend you contact the centre in advance, to seek appropriate advice

2  Thank James B
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Still a new 'attraction', the RSPB site at Burton Mere is a work in progress. The pleasant but basic visitors centre doubles as an excellent hide overlooking a wide panorama of wetland. On a practical note, plenty of parking & good toilet facilities are already in place. Shortish distances from the centre take you to 2 other hides and walking trails. There are certainly a lot of birds to watch at any given time. Admittedly many on our visit were 'just' geese but that is the joy of watching wildlife - no guarantees so every unusual or unknown sighting is a bonus. A peregrine falcon had been entertaining the visitors on our day for instance.

If I have a grumble it would be general to many RSPB sites - most of the wardens are always more interested in excitedly talking to each other whilst staring down exotic cameras and telescopes than they are in interacting in any way with 'ordinary' visitors! This elitist behaviour is the main reason I have never wanted to join.

A visit to Burton Mere is recommended. An interesting and beautiful spot and the site can only continue to improve and mature.

Thank TonyKnighton_Wales
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