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Main Entrance to English Nature Ainsdale National Nature Reserve and Fisherman's Path.

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

The data on this page contains questionnaire data collected at the main entrance to Ainsdale NNR and also on Fisherman's path. Fisherman's path is a popular path which follows the outer edge of the reserve. The data has been presented together on one page but separately within the tables of data.

For information about Ainsdale NNR click here

Site Summary Data
 

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
Ainsdale NNR main entrance (%)
Fisherman's Path (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Regularly
Daily
44.4
100
28.7
Weekly
33.3
0
51.3
Monthly
22.2
0
20
In the last 12 months
Once
18
15
16.5
Twice
11.8
7.4
9.9
6-10 times
7.4
10.3
11.1
91.1% of visitors at the Ainsdale NNR main entrance had visited before compared with 92.7% of visitors at Fisherman's Path.
 
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
Ainsdale NNR main entrance (%)
Fisherman's Path (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
41.7
33.6
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
16.1
17.0
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
25.0
24.1
31.2
With Friends
10.1
20.2
12.8
With Partner
4.8
0
4.4
Other
2.4
5.1
5.5
3. Reasons for visiting.
Ainsdale NNR main entrance
Fisherman's Path
Reason
%
Reason
%
Walk
64.5
Walk
59.1
Scenery
44.4
Relaxation
52.3
Relaxation
43.2
Scenery
44.5
Dog Walking
39.6
Beach
30.7
Nature/ birdwatching
29.0
Dog walking
21.4
Beach
11.8
Nature/ birdwatching
18.2
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.
 
Reasons for Visiting at all Sefton Sites.
Reason
% of visitors
Walk
46.3
Relaxation
42.6
Scenery
37.7
Birdwatching/ nature
31.9
Beach
30.7
Dog Walking
28.8
 
4. Length of stay on this site.
Length of stay
Ainsdale NNR main entrance (%)
Fisherman's Path (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
1.8
2.2
1.5
16-30 minutes
12.4
8.0
9.1
31-60 minutes
23.7
18.9
24.7
1 – 2 hours
33.1
32.5
33.1
2-3 hours
14.2
21.8
15.7
3 hours +
14.7
16.5
16
5. Type of transport used to visit Ainsdale and Birkdale LNR.
Transport type
Ainsdale NNR main entrance
Fisherman's Path
All Sefton Sites (%)
Car
31.5
32.9
69.1
Train
4.8
14.4
4.4
Walked
51.8
30.2
18.3
Other
11.9
21.4
8.3
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
(listed in order of preference)
Visitor Likes
Ainsdale NNR main entrance Fisherman's Path All Sefton Sites
Peaceful environment Peaceful environment Peaceful environment
Landscape Landscape Landscape
Environment/ wildlife Environment / wildlife Environment / wildlife
Walking Walking Facilities / Management
Facilities / management Facilities / management Walking
Visitor Dislikes
Ainsdale NNR main entrance Fisherman's Path All Sefton Sites
User conflicts User conflicts User conflicts
Dogs Cleanliness Refreshments
Site management / safety Site management / safety Car related
Access Dogs Facilities
 
41.7 % of visitors at Ainsdale NNR main entrance and 54.3% of visitors at Fisherman's Path said that there was nothing they disliked.
 
7. Improvements visitors would like to see at the site name site.
Ainsdale NNR main entrance Fisherman's Path All Sefton Sites
Toilet facilities Toilet facilities Toilet facilities
Site facilities Site provision Food provision
Food provision Food provision Recreation facilities
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor Profile

Ainsdale NNR main entrance (%)

Fisherman's Path (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Age <25
4.2
10.5
6.3
25-34
17.4
15.1
13.5
35 – 44
19.8
25.1
21.6
45- 54
25.1
19.7
21.3
55>
33.5
29.7
37.4
Gender Male
66.5
68.5
57.2
Female
33.5
31.5
42.8
Do you have a disability? Yes
4.8
2.2
10.2
No
95.2
97.8
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.