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Lifeboat Road, Formby

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

 
This site is the gateway to the southern part of Formby Point. Access to the site is good with a large central carpark and an extensive network of footpaths on ground level.

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Site Summary Data
 

1. How often do people visit?

Frequency of visit
Lifeboat Road(%)
All Sefton Site (%)
Regularly
Daily
32.9
28.7
Weekly
47.6
51.3
Monthly
19.5
20
In the last 12 months
Once
20.7
16.5
Twice
11.1
9.9
6-10 times
8
11.1

 

88.2% of visitors had visited this site before compared with 90% of visitors at Sefton coast sites generally.
2. Who do people visit with?
Description of personal group
Lifeboat Road(%)
Sefton Sites (%)
On Own
21.9
30.6
With Family (exc. children)
14.7
15.6
With Family (inc. children)
37.4
31.2
With Friends
9.5
12.8
With Partner
8.9
4.4
Other
7.5
5.5
3. Reasons for visiting
Lifeboat Road
All Sefton Sites
Reason
%
Reason
%
Walk
60.3
Walk
46.3
Beach
56.4
Relaxation
42.6
Relaxation
49.6
Scenery
37.7
Scenery
44.4
Birdwatching/ nature
31.9
Dog walking
42.8
Beach
30.7
Nature / bird watching
22.4
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
Lifeboat Road(%)
All Sefton sites (%)
Up to 15 minutes
1.0
1.5
16-30 minutes
4.0
9.1
31-60 minutes
18.6
24.7
1 – 2 hours
33.8
33.1
2-3 hours
18.3
15.7
3 hours +
24.2
16
 
5. Type of transport used to visit .
Transport type
Lifeboat Road (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Car
78.2
69.1
Train
2.4
4.4
Walked
15.2
18.3
Other
4.2
8.3
 
6. Visitor likes and dislikes
Visitor Likes
Lifeboat Road All Sefton Sites
Peaceful Peaceful
Landscape Landscape
Facilities / management Environment / wildlife
Walking Facilities / Management
Access Walking
 
Visitor Dislikes
Lifeboat Road
All Sefton Sites
Cleanliness
User conflicts
Dogs
Refreshments
Car related issues
Car related issues
Facilities
7. Improvements visitors would like to see at the site.
Lifeboat Road All Sefton Sites
 
Toilet facilities Toilet facilities
Food Provision Food provision
Site Facilities Recreation facilities
8. Visitor Profile
Visitor Profile
Lifeboat Road (%)
All Sefton Sites (%)
Age <25
4.2
6.3
25-34
15.4
13.5
35 – 44
22.5
21.6
45- 54
21.4
21.3
55>
36.6
37.4
Gender Male
54.1
57.2
Female
45.9
42.8
Do you have a Disability? Yes
8.9
10.2
No
91.1
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.