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This site provides detailed information on the sand dunes of the Sefton coast in North West England
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  Quality of Coastal Towns
Project Partners
Tourism and the Mersey coast
Visitor Research Programme
Visitor Profiles
Visitor and Traffic Counts
Use by local people
Caravan Park Survey
Site Data
RSPB Marshside
Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills local nature reserve
Birkdale Sandhills, Sands Lake, Ainsdale Discovery Centre and Ainsdale and Birkdale Beaches
Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve
English Nature and Fisherman's Path
National Trust, Formby
Lifeboat Road
  Lifeboat Road carpark area and Wicks Lane/Kirklake Path
  Crosby Coastal Park
  Crosby Marine Park, Hall Road and Hightown Dunes
Quality of Coastal Towns Interreg IIc Project
Merseyside Coast Visitor Research 2000

The Quality of Coastal Towns (QCT) project is a European Union funded initiative (Interreg II) addressing the need for sustainable tourism development in coastal zones. The project brings together six European partners in Belgium, North Holland and the UK. UK partners came from Newcastle in County Down, the Isle of White and the Merseyside Coast.


The aim of the project is to improve resort towns and introduce tourism on a sustainable basis by addressing three work themes:
1. Sustainable tourism
2. Cultural and recreational facilities
3. Transport and mobility


In Merseyside a comprehensive programme of visitor research was carried out in 2000 to address these work themes. The study concentrated on Wirrral and Sefton coastal areas. The research was in the form of a visitor questionnaire addressing issues such as visitor use and attitudes, transport and site facilities. (For more information see the section Visitor Research Programme).



For more information about this project email at Liverpool Hope University.
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Liverpool Hope University worked with English Nature and the
Sefton Coast Partnership to implement the Sands of Time project.