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Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve

The following summary data was information collected at the Sefton coast site Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR for the Merseyside coast visitor research programme 2000. Full data can be viewed at The Sefton Coast Web site

 
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR is a well used but peaceful site all year in contrast with the nearby beaches, which are very busy in the summer months. There are access points on to the reserve on both sides of Shore Road and also via major recreational routes such as the Trans-pennine Way cycle route and the Coastal Footpath. In addition there are some quiet access points used by locals.

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Site Summary Data
 

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR (%)
All Sefton Site (%)
Regularly
Daily
30.5
28.7
Weekly
52.4
51.3
Monthly
17.1
20
In the last 12 months
Once
15.8
16.5
Twice
7.7
9.9
6-10 times
10.0
11.1
92.5% of visitors had visited Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR before compared with 90% of visitors at Sefton coast sites generally.
 
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
34.2
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
17.4
15.6
With Family (inc.children)
31.6
31.2
With Friends
10
12.8
With Partner
2.3
4.4
Other
4.4
5.5
 
3. Reasons for visiting Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR
All Sefton Sites
Reason
%
Reason
%
Relaxation
59.3
Walk
46.3
Scenery
47.0
Relaxation
42.6
Nature/ birdwatching
41.9
Scenery
37.7
Dog walking
36.6
Birdwatching/ nature
31.9
Beach
36.3
Beach
30.7
Walking
36.2
Dog Walking
28.8
Please note: The total percentage value exceeds more than 100% in this section, as visitors were allowed to give more than one reason for visiting the site. The percentage values represent the proportion of visitors who gave this response.
 
4. Length of stay on this site.
Length of stay
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
1.2
1.5
16-30 minutes
13.2
9.1
31-60 minutes
27.7
24.7
1 – 2 hours
28.9
33.1
2-3 hours
11.3
15.7
3 hours +
17.6
16
 
5. Type of transport used to visit Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR.
Transport type
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Car
84.5
69.1
Train
0.9
4.4
Walked
11
18.3
Other
3.5
8.3
 
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
Visitor Likes
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR All Sefton Sites
Peaceful Peaceful
Landscape Landscape
Facilities /management Environment / wildlife
Environment / wildlife Facilities / Management
Walking Walking
 
Visitor Dislikes
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR All Sefton Sites
Cleanliness User conflicts
Dogs Refreshments
User conflicts Car related
Site management Facilities
Just under half the visitors at Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR said there was nothing they disliked.
 
7. Improvements visitors would like to see at the Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR site.
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR All Sefton Sites
   
Site facilities Toilet facilities
Food provision Food provision
Toilet facilities Recreation facilities
Visitor information
 
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor Profile
Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Age <25
4.2
6.3
25-34
14.1
13.5
35 – 44
22.3
21.6
45- 54
20.6
21.3
55>
38.8
37.4
Gender Male
55
57.2
Female
45
42.8
Do you have a Disability Yes
12.4
10.2
No
87.6
89.8
 
 
 
 
For more information about this project email dunes@hope.ac.uk 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.