Sands of Time Title
This site provides detailed information on the sand dunes of the Sefton coast in North West England
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  Quality of Coastal Towns
Project Partners
Tourism and the Mersey coast
Visitor Research Programme
Visitor Profiles
Visitor and Traffic Counts
Use by local people
Caravan Park Survey
Site Data
RSPB Marshside
Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills local nature reserve
Birkdale Sandhills, Sands Lake, Ainsdale Discovery Centre and Ainsdale and Birkdale Beaches
Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve
English Nature and Fisherman's Path
National Trust, Formby
Lifeboat Road
  Lifeboat Road carpark area and Wicks Lane/Kirklake Path
  Crosby Coastal Park
  Crosby Marine Park, Hall Road and Hightown Dunes
Quality of Coastal Towns Interreg IIc Project
Visitor Research Programme
The Merseyside partners carried out a comprehensive research programme into visitor use and attitudes on the Merseyside coast. A range of studies were developed to provide both general and detailed information on visitor numbers, visitor movement, and visitor attitudes and uses.

The studies undertaken by the research programme are listed below:

Visitor Profiles
Visitor and Traffic Counts
Transport Survey
Use by Local people
Caravan Park Surveys

For more information click on the study titles listed above.


The data collected from these studies are useful to a range of organisations and for a range of uses:

  • Site Managers of coastal properties and coastal access routes
  • Merseytravel and transportation planners
  • Planners at local and regional level (E.g. local and regional government bodies)
  • Tourism and economic regeneration initiatives
  • Local Agenda 21 planners for sustainable development
  • Coastal managers in the UK and Europe, including nature reserve managers
  • Schools and colleges
  • Nature conservation organisations
  • Members of the local community


For more information about this project email at Liverpool Hope University.
  Go to the site of Liverpool Hope University    

Liverpool Hope University worked with English Nature and the
Sefton Coast Partnership to implement the Sands of Time project.