Mere's Visitor Centre, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0PA, England

One of Shropshire’s most beautiful meres, it is almost completely surrounded by mature woodland with two very attractive hay meadows. The site attracts a variety of wildfowl and waders, including Snipe, Curlew, Goldeneye, and Pochard.

A Site of specific scentific interest going through woodland and pasture, the area is flat and therefore easy terrain for visitors with walking difficulties and wheelchairs (in good weather).

During the spring and summer flowers such as Southern Marsh Orchid, Meadow Cranesbill and Lady’s Smock can be seen in the meadows. Numerous species of insects are attracted to the site including the Brown Hawker dragonfly and Common Blue damselfly.

A picnic area provides the ideal place to stop for lunch.

The Shropshire Union Canal runs nearby.

Because of Colemere's wildlife interest, the site is designated as a Local Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and RAMSAR site.

Recreational Activities: Excellent circular walk - Reasonably level walking, could be muddy. Colemere sailing club uses the mere at various times.

Please note there is no public fishing at Colemere. Fishing rights have been leased to a private fishing club

The Meres Visitor Centre can provide further information.

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  • Guided tours available for individuals
  • Parking (free)
  • Picnic site

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