Welcome to Mere Sands Wood
The Mere Sands Wood you know and love, with a few wonderful changes
Nestled amongst the peaceful agricultural landscape of Rufford, Mere Sands Wood is a true wildlife haven, and now, we're thrilled to finally open the doors to our brand new visitor centre and cafe.
We've had a bold vision for Mere Sands Wood for many years now, and we wouldn't have been able to reach this point without the kind donations to our Mere Sands Wood appeal back in 2014, which helped us secure a further £460,000 of funding!
Where is Mere Sands Wood?
Mere Sands Nature Reserve, Holmeswood Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 1TG.
Wildfowl, waders and abundant wildflowers thrive in this tranquil oasis of lakes and woodland.
It is no secret that Mere Sands Wood visitor centre was in need of a makeover. Following fundraising held in 2014, and a few years of set backs (not least the global pandemic!) we have finally opened the doors of our new building.
Beautifully clad in wood from the reserve, the visitor centre blends into the reeds and is the perfect place to relax during your visit. Come inside for a brew and a bite to eat in our cosy cafe before browsing the nature-themed shop. Enjoy the view of the lake or birds on the feeders through our floor-to-ceiling windows - fitted with bird-safe glass from Pilkington AviSafe™.
We're so excited to welcome you back and will be relaunching events, walks and talks very soon. Stay tuned!
With woods, lakes, meadows and heath meeting in one magical nature reserve, there is so much wildlife to see at Mere Sands Wood. Some species only stay for a brief holiday, while others live here all year-round, but one thing's for sure - there is always something special to spot.
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Mere Sands Wood: Visitor Hub and Cafe
This project is part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
The project also received additional funding from individual Lancashire Wildlife Trust members and supporters, as well as: