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Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve, Holmeswood Road, Rufford, Lancashire, L40 1TG

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Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve

Nestled amongst the peaceful agricultural landscape of Rufford, Mere Sands Wood is a true wildlife haven.  There is finally the opportunity to offer new visitor facilities.  Just what such a wonderful and well-loved nature reserve deserves.  A wonderful new visitor centre and cafe, full of board games and children's activities, allow you to take a break from your busy life and step into the peaceful surroundings of Mere Sands Wood, with a drink and a piece of cake or ice cream.

The shop is full of wildlife and nature inspired gifts and treats for all ages, many of which have been made on site by our team of volunteers.

From grebes to water rails; reed warblers to kingfishers; sparrowhawks to woodpeckers; Mere Sands Wood is absolutely brimming with beautiful birds.  It is also a wildflower and fungi haven.  Spring and summer bring orchids, yellow-wort and yellow bartsia, while autumn and winter usher in fly agaric, earthballs and common stinkhorn.

As the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, the aim is to ensure as many people as possible are able to experience wildlife and nature, which is why 95% of paths are suitable for wheelchairs and prams, while six hides are fully accessible. 

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Free admission.
Car parking charges: £4.00 all day.

3, 6, and 12 month parking passes are available to purchase online.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 15:00


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

Mere Sands Wood is off the A59 in Rufford along Holmeswood Road. It shares a drive with Mere Sands Kennels.



  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site


  • Café

Children & Infants

  • Baby Bottle and Food Warming Facilities Available

Establishment Features

  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Parking (charge)



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