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Birkdale Sandhills Nature Reserve

Ainsdale, Lancashire

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One of the largest areas of dunes on the Sefton Coast and one of the most valuable sites for nature conservation. The site is split into two parts by the Coastal Road. Almost a full range of dune habitat types are present. Much of the dune area is over-stabilised with large areas of scrub and coarse grasses. An interesting feature at the northern end of the site is the recent development of a new dune ridge and slack on a section of the wide beach.

Accessed from the coast road which runs between Ainsdale and Southport or via the footpaths and boardwalks limited to the Sands Lake area, near Ainsdale Shore Road. Majority of the dune area is wild.

Birkdale Dunes  Mike Pennington

Location: Birkdale Sandhills Nature Reserve

Grid Reference: SD314148 Ceremonial County: Lancashire

Map Link:  View Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap Aerial

Googel Aerial

Getting there: They can be access from the coast road which runs between Ainsdale and Southport.


Website:  http://www.sandsoftime.hope.ac.uk/sefton-coast/birkdale-sandhills.htm


Other Useful Websites:
Address: Formby Council Offices, Freshfield Road, Formby, Merseyside
Postcode:  L69 3PG Telephone:  0151 934 2962
Opening Times:  all the time

Charges: Beach car park has seasonal charges

Nearby Locations: Ainsdale Beach and Coastline ; Formby Pinewoods and Red Squirrels Reserve ; Ainsdale Nature Reserve 
Other Location Pages: Formby Pinewoods and Red Squirrels Reserve ; Ainsdale Nature Reserve   Leighton Moss RSPB reserve ; Martin Mere Wetland Centre 
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Notes: Public toilets open during tourist season only.


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By: Tracey Park Section: Nature Reserves Key:
Page Ref: birkdale_sandhills Topic: Nature  Last Updated: 07/2009


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