The gateway to the Dee Estuary reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands straddles the border between England and Wales with a mosaic of freshwater wetland habitats, mixed farmland and woodland. The area is bursting with wildlife, hosting Avocets, Egrets, harriers, Redshanks, Swallows and Swifts.
This is a place where wading birds and wildfowl thrive among wet grasslands, lagoons and shallow pools, known as scrapes. Reedbeds come alive with warblers in spring, with Herons, Egrets and Kingfishers often seen on the lookout for food. In the ancient woodland, Bluebells carpet the floor in spring, while fungi pop up come autumn.
Parts of the reserve are still farmed, and the crops provide food for farmland birds in winter, while grazing cattle and sheep keep the grasses short for breeding Lapwings and Redshanks.