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Formby National Trust

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

Formby National Trust site is the most popular site on the Sefton Coast. The site is famous for its' Red Squirrels which are tame enough to be fed by hand. The site organises special events and guided walks for visitors.

For more information about the Formby National Trust site click here
Site Summary Data
 

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
Formby National Trust (%)
All Sefton Site (%)
Regularly
Daily
0
28.7
Weekly
47.1
51.3
Monthly
52.9
20
In the last 12 months
Once
24.2
16.5
Twice
15.9
9.9
6-10 times
15.6
11.1

 

81% of visitors had visited Formby National Trust before compared with 90% of visitors at Sefton coast sites generally.
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
Formby National Trust (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
13.6
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
10.4
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
51.0
31.2
With Friends
10.2
12.8
With Partner
6.7
4.4
Other
8.1
5.5
3. Reasons for visiting Formby National Trust
Formby National Trust
All Sefton Sites
Reason
%
Reason
%
Walk
45.2
Walk
46.3
Nature/birdwatching
42.4
Relaxation
42.6
Beach
28.8
Scenery
37.7
Scenery
22.6
Birdwatching/ nature
31.9
Dog walking
20.1
Beach
30.7
Relaxation
20.1
Dog Walking
28.8
Please note: Total percentage values exceeds more than 100% in this section, as visitors where 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
Formby National Trust (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
0.6
1.5
16-30 minutes
5.2
9.1
31-60 minutes
20.5
24.7
1 – 2 hours
35.4
33.1
2-3 hours
20.0
15.7
3 hours +
18.2
16
 
5. Type of transport used to visit Formby National Trust.
Transport type
Formby National Trust
All Sefton Sites
Car
81.7
69.1
Train
5.6
4.4
Walked
7.8
18.3
Other
4.9
8.3
 
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
Visitor Likes
Formby National Trust All Sefton Sites
Landscape Peaceful
Peaceful Landscape
Environment/wildlife Environment / wildlife
Facilities / Management Facilities / Management
Walking Walking
 
Visitor Dislikes
Formby National Trust All Sefton Sites
Cleanliness User conflicts
User conflicts Refreshments
Dogs Car related
Other Facilities
57% of visitors at Formby National Trust said there was nothing they disliked.
7. Improvements visitors would like to see at the Formby National Trust site.
Formby National Trust All Sefton Sites
   
Food provision Toilet facilities
Toilet facilities Food provision
Site facilities Recreation facilities
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor Profile
Formby National Trust
All Sefton Sites
Age <25
7.0
6.3
25-34
15.0
13.5
35 – 44
25.6
21.6
45- 54
19.7
21.3
55>
32.6
37.4
Gender Male
50.2
57.2
Female
49.8
42.8
Disability Yes
6.3
10.2
No
93.7
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.