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Ainsdale National Nature Reserve

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

This site is the oldest and largest dune nature reserve on the Sefton Coast. Access to the site is by permit only, which visitors need to apply for. Public footpaths follow the perimeter of the reserve, fishermans path and the woodland path are both popular with visitors.

For information about Ainsdale NNR click here

Site Summary Data
 

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
Ainsdale NNR (%)
All Sefton Site (%)
Regularly
Daily
47.4
28.7
Weekly
31.6
51.3
Monthly
21.1
20
In the last 12 months
Once
15.8
16.5
Twice
8.6
9.9
6-10 times
9.5
11.1

 

92.2 % of visitors had visited Ainsdale NNR before compared with 90% of visitors at Sefton coast sites generally.
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
Ainsdale NNR (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
35.9
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
16.8
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
24.4
31.2
With Friends
17.3
12.8
With Partner
1.4
4.4
Other
4.3
5.5
3. Reasons for visiting Ainsdale NNR
Ainsdale NNR
All Sefton Sites
Reason
%
Reason
%
Walk
60.7
Walk
46.3
Relaxation
49.7
Relaxation
42.6
Scenery
44.5
Scenery
37.7
Dog Walking
26.7
Birdwatching/ nature
31.9
Beach
25.2
Beach
30.7
Nature / Bird watching
21.4
Dog Walking
28.8
4. Length of stay on this site.
Length of stay
Ainsdale NNR (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
2.1
1.5
16-30 minutes
9.3
9.1
31-60 minutes
20.3
24.7
1 – 2 hours
32.7
33.1
2-3 hours
19.6
15.7
3 hours +
16.0
16
 
5. Type of transport used to visit Ainsdale NNR.
Transport type
Ainsdale NNR
All Sefton Sites
Car
32.5
69.1
Train
11.6
4.4
Walked
36.5
18.3
Other
13.2
8.3
 
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
Visitor Likes
Ainsdale NNR All Sefton Sites
Peaceful Peaceful
Landscape Landscape
Environment / wildlife Environment / wildlife
Walking Facilities / Management
Facilities / management Walking
 
Visitor Dislikes
Ainsdale NNR All Sefton Sites
User conflicts User conflicts
Site management Refreshments
Dogs Car related
Cleanliness Facilities
7. Improvements visitors would like to see at the Ainsdale NNR site.
Ainsdale NNR All Sefton Sites
Toilet facilities Toilet facilities
Site facilities Food provision
Food provision Recreation facilities
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor Profile
Ainsdale NNR
All Sefton Sites
Age <25
8.7
6.3
25-34
15.7
13.5
35 – 44
23.5
21.6
45- 54
21.3
21.3
55>
30.8
37.4
Gender Male
67.9
57.2
Female
32.1
42.8
Disability Yes
3.0
10.2
No
97.0
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.