RSPB Dee Estuary Nature Reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands, Puddington Lane, Burton, Neston CH64 5SF
Reception building open 9.30am
***Cafe opened in November 2023, open every day exept Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for drinks and light meals.***
Entrance £7 adults, £3.50 children (5 – 17, first child free), students £5.
- Wildfowl and wading birds in winter, warblers in spring, vast panoramas and a fascinating history.
- Straddling England and Wales, a unique landscape.
- Restored reedbeds, fenland and farmland.
- Designed to get you closer to nature.
- Excellent access for people of all abilities.
- No dogs, except registered assistance dogs.
Two hides can be used: The Reception Building and Marsh Covert hide – in addition there are several viewpoints along three nature trails:
- Gorse Covert Woodland Trail (800 m) meanders through woodland full of bluebells and birdsong in the spring. Autumn offers a burst of colour. It can get muddy in wet weather.
- Burton Mere Trail (900 m and fully accessible). A stroll around the old mere which in summer is covered in lily pads with dragonflies: you may see a kingfisher.
- Reed and Fen Trail (900m): leading to Marsh Covert Hide and fully accessible, between our new reedbed and a wet woodland – warbler song in spring.
The path past Marsh Covert hide goes to the old hide, by the railway embankment. Follow the signs, keeping left.
Burton Point Iron Age fort is a scheduled monument, with excellent views of the Dee Estuary. Instead of turning left for the old hide, follow signs for viewpoint, then left through an unsigned gate across the bridge over the railway, and follow signs.