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RSPB Marshside

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

 
This site is managed for the huge numbers of overwintering and breeding waterfowl that visit the reserve. This site is popular with birdwatchers and has two bird-watching hides. Staff on the site also provide guided walks and special events.
 
 
Site Summary Data
 

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
RSPB Marshside (%)
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
80% of visitors had visited RSPB Marshside before compared with 90% of visitors at Sefton coast sites generally.
 
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
RSPB Marshside (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
30.6
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
27.3
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
15.8
31.2
With Friends
16.5
12.8
With Partner
7.4
4.4
Other
2.3
5.5
The average size of groups visiting RSPB Marshside is 2.23 persons. This groups size tends to be smaller than the average group of visitors for Sefton sites as a whole which is 2.79 persons.

 

3. Reasons for visiting RSPB Marshside
RSPB Marshside
All Sefton Sites
Reason
%
Reason
%
Birdwatching/ nature
90.6
Walk
46.3
Walk
15.4
Relaxation
42.6
Relaxation
13.4
Scenery
37.7
Scenery
5.4
Birdwatching/ nature
31.9
Beach
4
Beach
30.7
Lunch/ drink
2
Dog Walking
28.8
Please note: The 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
RSPB Marshside (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
3.7
1.5
16-30 minutes
21.4
9.1
31-60 minutes
27.2
24.7
1 – 2 hours
25.2
33.1
2-3 hours
11.9
15.7
3 hours +
10.5
16

 

5. Type of transport used to visit RSPB Marshside.
Transport type
RSPB Marshside
All Sefton Sites
Car
86
69.1
Train
2.7
4.4
Walked
5
18.3
Other
6.3
8.3
 
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
Visitor Likes

RSPB Marshside

  • Environment/wildlife
  • Peacefull environment
  • Landscape
  • Facilities/management
  • Access

All Sefton Sites

  • Peacefull environment
  • Landscape
  • Environment / wildlife
  • Facilities / management
  • Walking

 

Visitor dislikes:

RSPB Marshside:

  • Car related issues
  • Lack of refreshments
  • User conflicts
  • Lack of facilities

All Sefton Sites:

  • User conflicts
  • Lack of refreshments
  • Car related
  • Lack of facilities
 
7. Improvements visitors would like to see at the RSPB Marshside site.

RSPB Marshside

  • Toilet facilities
  • Recreation facilities
  • Food provision

 

All Sefton Sites

  • Toilet facilities
  • Food provision
  • Recreation facilities

 

 
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor Profile
RSPB Marshside
All Sefton Sites
Age
<25
10.4
6.3
25-34
4.3
13.5
35 – 44
13
21.6
44- 54
22.7
21.3
55>
49.5
37.4
Gender
Male
64.1
57.2
Female
35.9
42.8
Disability
Yes
10.2
10.2
No
89.8
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.