Visitors to Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve in Rufford will have their experience enhanced by new technology that has been installed by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.
Three audio-trails have been recorded to help guide people around the reserve, while a camera has been installed to provide stunning close-up views of some of the beautiful birds that call it home.
The audio trails include a historical tour, featuring interviews with key staff and local geologists, and a fun children’s tour with eccentric Professor Dumbleberry, designed to keep kids entertained throughout their walk.
There is also a sensory walk, put together with the help of Galloway’s Society For The Blind to aid the enjoyment of visually-impaired visitors, as well as anyone else who wants to know more about the sights, sounds and scents of Mere Sands Wood.
The camera has been installed above one of the reserve’s lakes and can be viewed and controlled from the visitor centre to focus on whatever exciting wildlife is on display (great crested grebes feeding young; herons fishing; cormorants drying their wings) at the time, also helping visitors with mobility difficulties experience the best of the reserve.
Reserve Manager Lindsay Beaton explained why these new features - funded by the Lancashire Environmental Fund, Lancashire County Council and Friends Of Mere Sands Wood - are so important: “Mere Sands Wood is already a great place for people with mobility difficulties because of our well-surfaced, level paths and availability of wheelchairs and motorised buggies - these new features increase accessibility further, as well as helping us better achieve our educational aims, and providing our visitors with plenty of fun.”
To find out more and download the audio trails, click here.
And The Friends of Mere Sands Wood