Facilities at Dee Estuary - Burton Mere Wetlands

Full facilities information

The visitor centre is open daily. 

With panoramic views over Burton Mere Wetlands, the Dee Estuary and the Welsh hills beyond, our visitor centre is the ideal place to start your visit. Our friendly team are on-hand to welcome you on arrival and help you make the most of your experience.

Sorry, no dogs in the visitor centre except assistance dogs. See the ‘Information for dog owners’ section for further details.

Open daily, 9am. 
Closing time changes each month as follows:

  • January 4.30pm
  • February 5pm
  • March 6pm
  • April 8pm
  • May, June, July 9pm
  • August 8pm
  • September 7pm
  • October 6pm
  • November and December 4.30pm

The car park is locked outside of these times. 

  • 80 spaces
  • 6 Blue Badge spaces
  • No formal drop-off point
  • No lighting in car park
  • No height restriction barrier
  • No overnight parking or camping
  • Not suitable for coaches or large motorhomes - please ring or email for advice.
  • Bicycle racks available.
  • Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.

Open daily.

We have two toilet blocks, one next to the visitor centre, and another just along the Mere Trail. 

Open daily. 

It is located next to the visitor centre. 


Refreshments available daily, 9.30am-4.30pm. 

We offer a range of delicious packaged snacks, hot and cold drinks, and ice cream tubs.

We don't have an RSPB shop here, but we are delighted to be home to the RSPB's first mail-order store. 

Here we have a display of our popular bird food, feeders and nestboxes, plus a range of binoculars and telescopes. These are available to try outdoors, with advice from our friendly, knowledgeable team. These products, along with the full RSPB catalogue can be viewed and items can then be purchased here, by placing an order with us on site for direct, fast, free home-delivery.

Open daily.

They are located in the accessible toilet next to our visitor centre.

You are welcome to bring a picnic with you to enjoy on your visit.

Help keep this place safe and special for wildlife and people by taking your litter home with you.

BBQs are a fire risk, endangering other people and the precious wildlife and habitats here. They are not permitted on the nature reserve at any time.

Pushchair friendly

Our popular RSPB binoculars are available to hire on your visit:

Binocular hire is available daily from 9.30am, to be returned by closing time. Last hire is an hour before closing.

Looking to buy a pair of binoculars or telescope? We’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets in our mail-order shop. Whether it’s a pair of binoculars for the family to spot nature in your own garden, a telescope to use out birding, or compacts that make seeing wildlife on your walks that little bit extra special, we’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 and include own premium brand RSPB series (some of which are available to hire as above), along with Viking.

We run an exciting programme of guided walks and other events throughout the year.

Please see the ‘Events and Activities’ tab for more details of upcoming events and how to book.

Bringing a flock? See ‘Group booking’ information.

The nature reserve has three hides and two viewing screens to help you enjoy close views of the varied wildlife that calls the wetlands its home.


  • Bunker hide offers a similar view to our visitor centre, over the Scrape and wet grassland.
  • Marsh Covert hide has 360 degree views into our reedbed and over wet grassland to Bridge Pool.
  • The brand new Border hide serves Centenary Pool and now offers better views of Border Pool than ever before.

Viewing screens

  • Reedbed screen overlooks a large pool in the reedbed where most of our reedbed specialists can be seen.
  • Bridge screen offers closer views of Bridge Pool and adjacent wet grassland.

The rich variety of wildlife living here, along with the beautiful reserve landscape can also be enjoyed from our trails.

The reserve boasts almost four miles of signposted trails to help you explore this amazing landscape and the wildlife that calls it home.

  • The Woodland trail is 0.3 miles long each way. Allow around half an hour to complete this trail. The route takes you through Gorse Covert, a semi-natural ancient woodland.
  • The Farmland trail is less than 0.3 miles long through grassland and farmland. Allow around twenty minutes to complete this trail. It includes Bunker hide overlooking Reception Pool and the Scrape.
  • The Mere trail is a 0.3 mile long circuit around tree-lined former fishponds and our wildlife garden. Allow around three-quarters of an hour to complete this trail.
  • The Wetland trail is 0.8 miles long. Allow around one and a half hours to complete this trail. The route takes you through reedbed, fen and wet woodland areas of the reserve. It includes Marsh Covert hide overlooking the reedbed, wet grassland and Bridge Pool, and Border hide overlooking Centenary Pool.
  • The Headland trail is 0.4 miles long. Allow around half an hour to complete this trail. The route takes you through farmland habitat to the top of Burton Point for unrivalled views of the Dee Estuary.

Bring your class along for a fantastic self-guided school visit. We can provide you with curriculum-linked resources to make the most of your trip. See the ‘School Bookings Information’ section of this website.

We don’t have a guided education programme here at Burton Mere Wetlands.
For information on the exciting programme of guided, curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions on other RSPB nature reserves, visit our school trips information.

To help you go wild at school, check out our range of resources for teachers or take on the Schools’ Wild Challenge.

Our Wild Play area, just a short hop from the car park on the Woodland trail, has den building, balance beams and tree stumps for little explorers to have lots of fun.

Two picnic benches are ideal for family picnics or for grown ups to relax whilst your little ones play.