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May 2009

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Tree sparrow on twig

Not just a 'mere' sands wood !

Mere Sands Wood is a gem of a reserve run by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust creating a wildlife haven in the agricultural lands of Lancashire. Even if you are not interested in birds this reserve is worth a visit. The peace and tranquillity crated by this mixture of pools and woodland is breathtaking. After an uneventful journey from Wirral we arrived to be greeted by the friendly staff at the visitors centre. Even here, next to the car park and visitors centre, we notched up Tree Sparrow, Nuthatch, Kingfisher and Reed Warbler. Walking through the woods to reach the various hides that overlook the meres we found Great, Blue, Coal and Long Tailed tit as well as Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and singing Blackcap. Staff from the Trust were checking the numerous nest boxes on the reserve and ringing the chicks they found, whilst we missed out on seeing the young Nuthatch we were shown an eight day old Jackdaw chick that had just been rung. From the various hides we saw Little and Great Crested Grebe (one bird having a devil of a time trying to swallow a large fish but manage it it did !) , Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Shellduck and many Mallard, some with young. In the reeds surrounding the mere we could see (and hear) Reed Bunting and at least 8 Reed warbler. A Kingfisher made a welcome, if somewhat brief, appearance flying low past one of the hides and overhead Swallows and Swift flew with amazing agility catching flies. Despite it being a comparatively small reserve the 3 hours we spent their flew past in an enjoyable blur. Will we go back - you bet !