A new chapter for Mere Sands Wood
Over the coming months your Mere Sands Wood will undergo some exciting changes and it really will be worth the wait.
Nestled amongst the peaceful agricultural landscape of Rufford, Mere Sands Wood is a true wildlife haven. We're thrilled to finally have the opportunity to offer new visitor facilities; just what such a wonderful and well-loved nature reserve deserves.
We've had a bold vision for Mere Sands Wood for many years now, and it has been quite a journey to get to this point. We've worked tirelessly to secure the funding needed for the new Visitor Centre, with much heartbreak and disappointment along the way in an extremely competitive funding environment. Thanks to the kind donations to our Mere Sands Wood appeal back in 2014, we've been able to secure a further £460,000 of funding and are pleased to finally start work on the new Visitor Centre.
From 16 September, the Visitor Centre will be closed for six weeks whilst we carry out the necessary works.
It’s a time of change but there is still much to enjoy at Mere Sands Wood and lots to look forward to in 2020.
Where is Mere Sands Wood?
Wildfowl, waders and abundant wildflowers thrive in this tranquil oasis of lakes and woodland.
The build so far
The refurbishment of Mere Sands Wood's Visitor Centre has hit a very exciting milestone! We've finally taken delivery of the all-important portakabins that will make up the toilets and café area, after an intervention by the Great British weather, of course! Thanks to gale force winds and torrential rain we had to abort mission for a day, but we're back on-course for a spring opening.
The café area will overlook one of Mere Sands Woods' stunning lakes and reedbeds, and we can't wait for you to see it. All that's left to do now is clad our refurbished/recycled portakabins in timber from our reserve, which we cut at our little on-site sawmill, and complete the installation by Christmas. Then it's just a matter of fitting out the buildings, getting our lovely furniture in and landscaping around the new Visitor Centre.
We're hoping to secure a really, really special guest for the official opening of the new Visitor Centre, so stay tuned!
What about the wildlife?
While all this vital work is continuing our wild visitors have continued to delight us all. The Visitor Centre bird table is still busy though all around it has changed. We still have regular sightings of kingfishers from our hides, and we're waiting for bitterns and water rails to make an appearance as the days get colder.
Excitingly, our annual cormorant roost has now begun, so expect hundreds of them to swoop into Mere Sands Wood in the early evenings; a true spectacle.
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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: