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Birkdale Sandhills, Sands Lake, Ainsdale Discovery Centre and Ainsdale and Birkdale Beaches.
 
 

The following summary data is information collected for the Merseyside coast visitor research programme 2000 at the following Sefton coast sites Birkdale Sandhills, Sands Lake, Ainsdale Discovery Centre and Ainsdale and Birkdale Beaches. Full data can be viewed at The Sefton Coast Web site

 
  Birkdale Sandhills, Sands Lake, Ainsdale Discovery Centre and Ainsdale and Birkdale Beaches are a group of sites located in close proximity to each other. The data for the group of sites has been presented together on one page but seperately within the tables of data.
 
 

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Site Summary Data
   
 

1. How often do people visit?

 
Frequency of visit
Birkdale Hills (%)
Sands Lake (%)
Ainsdale and Birkdale Beaches (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Regularly
Daily
80
7.7
26.8
28.7
Weekly
20
57.7
61
51.3
Monthly
0
34.6
12.2
20
In the last 12 months
Once
1.9
15.0
22.8
16.5
Twice
1.9
7.7
9.3
9.9
6-10 times
4.2
11.6
10.5
11.1

 

  Over 90% of visitors had visited the Birkdale Sand Hills, Sands Lake, Ainsdale Discovery Centre (ADC) and Ainsdale and Birkdale Beaches before. This is comparable with 90% of visitors at Sefton coast sites that have visited before.
   
  2. Who do people visit with?
 
Description of personal group
Birkdale Hills (%)
ADC carpark (%)
Sands Lake (%)
Ainsdale Beach (%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
69.3
37.5
19.5
22.8
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
9.4
23.6
23.5
11.8
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
7.1
27.1
39.1
45.1
31.2
With Friends
12.7
6.3
10.5
9.3
12.8
With Partner
0
0
2.5
5.5
4.4
Other
1.4
5.6
4.8
5.4
5.5
 
  3. Reasons for visiting.
 
Reason
Birkdale Hill (%)
ADC carpark (%)
Sands Lake (%)
Ainsdale Beaches (%)
Dog walking
82.4
41.0
12.2
29.7
Relaxation
35.7
70.8
82.7
38.5
Scenery
29.5
54.2
67.7
27.6
To walk
22.4
52.8
40.2
32.2
Nature / birdwatching
11.4
29.9
87.0
9.2
Beach
4.8
61.8
33.4
52.7
  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 sites. The percentage values represent the proportion of visitors who gave this response.
   
  Reasons for visiting at all Sefton Sites Combined
 
Reason
% of visitors
To 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 the sites.
 
Length of stay
Birkdale Hills (%)
ADC Carpark (%)
Sands Lake (%)
Ainsdale Beaches (%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
0
2.8
1.7
0.4
1.5
16-30 minutes
7.5
9.7
24.4
3.8
9.1
31-60 minutes
42.5
25.7
28.9
14.2
24.7
1 – 2 hours
40.6
35.4
26.1
18.8
33.1
2-3 hours
8.5
10.4
8.2
18.8
15.7
3 hours +
1.0
15.9
10.7
44.0
16
 
  5. Type of transport used to visit the sites.
 
Transport type
Birkdale Hills (%)
ADC Carpark (%)
Sands Lake (%)
Ainsdale & Birkdale Beaches (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Car
82.5
84.7
86.7
82.9
69.1
Train
0.5
1.4
1.4
0.4
4.4
Walked
15.6
9.7
7.9
12.1
18.3
Other
1.4
4.2
3.9
4.6
8.3
 
  6. Visitor likes and dislikes
  (listed in order preference)
  Visitor Likes
 
Birkdale Hills ADC Carpark Sands Lake Ainsdale & Birkdale Beaches
Peaceful environment Peaceful environment Landscape Peaceful environment
Facilities/ management Landscape Peaceful environment Landscape
Landscape Facilities/ management Environment/ wildlife Facilities/management
Walking Environment/ wildlife Facilities/ management Access
 
  Visitor Dislikes
  Most visitors at all sites said there was nothing they disliked
 
Birkdale Hills ADC Carpark Sands Lake Ainsdale & Birkdale Beaches
Site manement/ safety Physical developments Cleanliness/pollution Cleanliness/pollution
Dogs Cleanliness/ pollution Physical developments Refreshment facilities
Environmental Car related issues Environmental Dogs
Physical developments Dogs Site management/ safety Site management/safety
Cleanliness/ polluntion Site management/ Sefety Refreshment facilities Car related issues
   
  Visitor Likes and Dislikes at all Sefton Sites.
 
Likes: Dislikes:
Peaceful environment User conflicts
Landscape Refreshments
Environment / wildlife Car related
Facilities / Management Facilities
Walking
 
  7. Improvements visitors would like to see.
 
Birkdale Hills ADC Carpark Sands Lake Ainsdale & Birkdale Beaches

Site facilities

Food provision Site facilities Toilet facilities
Improved access Toilet facilities Food provision Food provision
More facilities for dogs Site facilities Visitor information Site facilities
Food provision Visitor information Recreation facilities Recreation facilities
 
  8. Visitor Profile
 
Visitor Profile

Birkdale Hills (%)

ADC Carpark (%)
Sands Lake (%)
Ainsdale & Birkdale Beaches (%)
Age <25
4.3
2.8
4.2
5.0
25-34
6.2
16.7
19.0
12.5
35 – 44
27.6
25.7
15.6
25.4
45- 54
31.0
21.5
18.4
14.2
55>
31.0
33.3
42.8
42.9
Gender Male
41.3
58.7
61.8
54.8
Female
58.7
41.3
38.2
45.2
Do you have a disability? Yes
9.1

5.6

15.1
15.4
No
90.9
94.4
84.9
84.6
 
 
 
 
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.