Site Name: Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve

Summary Site Description : One of the largest areas of dunes on the Sefton Coast and one of the most valuable sites for nature conservation. The site is split into two parts by the Coastal Road. Almost a full successional range of dune habitat types are present. Much of the dune area is over-stabilised with large areas of scrub and coarse grasses. An interesting feature at the northern end of the site is the recent development of a new dune ridge and slack on a section of the wide beach. Site Ranger and Education Ranger available on enquiry.

Contact Details -
Organisation : Sefton MBC, Leisure Services Department, Coast and Countryside Management Service
Address : Formby Council Offices, Freshfield Road, Formby, Merseyside L69 3PG
Telephone : 0151 934 2962

Facilities -
Car Park : Beach car parking via Ainsdale, Shore Road. Not suitable for coaches.
Car Park Charges : Yes - seasonal
Toilets : Seasonal - at Ainsdale, Shore Road beach entrance.
Site Access : Formal footpaths and boardwalks limited to the Sands Lake area, near Ainsdale Shore Road. Majority of the dune area is wild.
Public Transport : Nearest railway station is Hillside - 30 minutes walk from main dune area.
Other: Site Ranger and Education Ranger available on enquiry. Booking required for educational visits and proof of insurance.

Educational Use: Secondary, Undergraduate and Postgraduate