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“A perfect little hide away”

RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Neston
Certificate of Excellence
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A perfect little hide away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

My dad is an avid bird watcher and he constantly talks about his 'gem of a spot'. So today I went with him to see what the fuss was about and I can see why he loves it. Plenty of birds to see from the main hide with beautiful views out towards the Fflint bridge and beyond. The walk to the second hide was serene with little 'hedgehog campsites' and 'ladybird mansions' adding a humorous and wildlife friendly twist to the walk. The staff in the hide are extremely knowledgable and welcoming. The fair trade teas, coffees and light snack was welcome to fend of the chill from the wind! I didn't notice any binoculars in the 2nd hide for use but there were some provided in the main one. Once the main hide is locked up for the evening there is still access through a side gate so no time pressures to interrupt the bird watching! Picnic benches suggest when it's warmer it could be a very enticing spot!

Visited February 2014
2 Thank Catherine G
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Heswall, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 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.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank JessTaylor8787
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“The makings of a fabulous reserve”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 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.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank SallyO85
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New Brighton, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Hidden jewel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 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.

Visited October 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Early days but the signs are good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 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

Visited November 2013
2 Thank James B
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