Mere Sands Wood is a site maintained and administered by the Lancashire Wildlife
Trust (LWT). It's just down the road from Martin Mere and many of the same species
of birds are resident or regular visitors to the site. The site has a small car
park down a short, single track road. Access to the site and hides is free but a
small donation towards the upkeep of this excellent site is recommended. You can
find details of opening times and how to get there on the LWT web site
There are a number of mostly excellent hides that are connected by a good quality
path that is suitable for disabled access and there are a couple of feeding stations
along the way. Sadly these are close to the path with no hide or screen so most
birds depart as soon as you come within range. However, the walk round is pleasant
enough and you may catch a glimpse of a tree sparrow or two by the feeding stations
or corn buntings on the telephone wires by the reserve boundary.
The hides all overlook the lakes, although the first hide (Marshalls hide) also
overlooks some scrub vegetation and reeds. This is in my opinion the best hide as
it also overlooks some small sunken willow bushes which are visited by kingfishers
and other birds and offer great views and good chances for photography.
Winter and early spring are the best times to visit in my opinion. At these times
there are a large number of waterfowl, including goosander, present and in early
spring it's easier to see the warblers and blackcaps that inhabit the lakeside bushes.
Mere Sands Wood is one of the best places to see kingfishers at all times of the
year. You don't always get a close up view but try out Marshalls hide in late summer
or early autumn.
My photos from Mere Sands Wood
Map on Bing Maps
Map on Street Map
LWT Web-page for the Mere Sands Wood reserve