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We were lucky enough to stay at Shelduck Cottage on the reserve - we had some fabulous walks to the... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2018
cm9720
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Bicester, United Kingdom
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A relaxing walk with plenty to see

We visited the Reserve during our short breakaway, It was really worth the visit, plenty of little... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2018
Jacqui M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitor centre is very small and the only refreshments on offer (especially considering you are literally miles from anywhere) are minimal - machine hot drinks, water or flapjack. So - bring your own food or make plans for lunch elsewhere!

The toilets are also in the visitor centre, so goodness knows what you are expected to do when the centre isn't manned.

Lots of walking involved, fine by us, that's what we were there for, and stout footwear required as there are boggy bits.

AT this time of year it's all about the Barnacle Geese (I love them) and they very kindly put on a display for us taking off and yapping away - it's a sight and sound you will never forget.

boys were disappointed at how far away the sea was (literally couldn't see it, but as me and other half had been before we did pre-warn them!) which meant that the beach is devoid of any obvious life.

The staff can be hit and miss - it's often staffed by volunteers who clearly are there for the birding as some of them really don't know how to interact with the public. The RSPB needs to either invest in some appropriate training for those volunteers meeting the public (after all, to us they are the face of the charity) or just use salaried staff to man the visitor centres. The young lady who took over on our return to the centre after our walk was a lot more engaging and enthusiastic than her predecessor.

Thank Abi C
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Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to stay at Shelduck Cottage on the reserve - we had some fabulous walks to the beach and ok there weren’t much birds about but it is summer. We saw yellowhammers, sparrows, great tits, chaffinches and greenfinches every day on the bird table/feeder opposite the house and the staff at the Visitors Centre were lovely and told us where we could see Badgers and we spent a hour one evening watching four of them eating, grooming and relaxing - would love to go back at a different time of year and a little sad that we did not see a Barn Owl. Lots of swallows too!

Thank cm9720
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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

We visited the Reserve during our short breakaway,
It was really worth the visit, plenty of little birds in the hedgerows , June wasn't the best time to see much activity from the hides, but as it was a warm day we were able to stroll along the track and spotted some goldfinches, yellowhammers and buntings,
The man on the desk in the RSPB centre was very pleasant and helpful, there were refreshments available and picnic tables dotted about,
An easy walk for my husband who has a disability and great for the dog too

Thank Jacqui M
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Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

We came on a warm day to have a short stroll and ended up walking some 3 miles. You can just wander allong the sand looking for shells on the day we went we found some washed up jelly fish.

There is plenty of parking and some disabled bays further up to allow access to the beach. The small hut offers basic tea and coffee from flasks but does have some loos and the staff are helpful and friendly.
It is well worth taking a picnic and the beach is wonderful.

Thank Salenalh
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Reviewed May 20, 2018

This reserve is absolutely lovely and a beautiful place to walk. The beach you walk on is amazing. Great countryside and wildlife. Really good advisor too within the reception...very knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Louise C
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

It possibly helped that we were there on a glorious day weatherwise, but this place was fantastic. We arrived at around 9:30 on a Sunday morning and were the only ones there - the visitor centre doesn't open 'til 10 so we set off on our walk and paid the £3 car park charge when we got back (when it was busier). The walk's lovely the whole way round and incorporates woodland, marshland and the beach! Plenty wildlife around - sadly we didn't see the Otter, but you never know, maybe next time....because we will definitely be back!

Thank Rai S
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

RSPB Mersehead great day out variety of birds excellent ,walks around reserve great ,hides overlooking the lakes clean and comfortable
The staff at the site very knowledgeable and keen to help, small cafe on site serving hot drinks, and will be returning

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Reviewed December 5, 2017

If you're into birding and have plenty of warm clothes and strong footwear a winter visit is glorious. We saw a fine starling murmeration, geese galore plus a huge flock of rooks coming in to roost at dusk.
For those who prefer to watch in comfort, the reception area has comfy seating, help yourself refreshments, toilets, and a fine view of one of the best bird feeders I've seen anywhere.
A great place with friendly volunteers.

Thank MagsR47
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Reviewed November 11, 2017

If you are interested in wildlife then this is a good place to visit.

A decent sized walk taking in a couple of hides and the beach as well as a conservatory area at the visitor centre where you can relax and see birds feeding.

The lady in the visitor centre was very courteous and helpful.

£3.00 to park but worth it.

Thank Rick S
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

Been twice but not at the best times of year so not much to see apart from some twite, a yellowhammer and loads of crows. First time, got a great welcome and a short introduction to the site. However we went back there this week (we were the only visitors) and the guy on duty (English spoken, fairly podgy, 40ish, bit of a moustache) could hardly even look up from his computer to ask if we were members. Same when my wife went back looking for the toilet. Also visitor centre was locked up when we came back after 12 noon. Maybe they were just short staffed that day...

Thank Mantis1955
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