Shoreline Management


Visiting the Sefton Coast

The sefton coast is the perfect setting for those who want to get away from it all and explore, and with 21 miles of beach, sand dunes, woodland and farmland, the area is a haven for flora and fauna. It is an area of open space and tranquility close to the urban centres of Liverpool, Formby, and Southport, and easily reached by car or public transport.

Image of Southport sculpture

For walkers and birdwatchers a visit to the coast is a must. The area is internationally important for its rare species of wildlife including natterjack toads, sand lizards and red squirrels so tame they can even be fed by hand. It is also one of Europe's major birdwatching locations and to date more than 300 different bird species have been recorded. The RSPB's Marshside Nature Reserve is one of the most important places in the country for wintering wildfowl with the number of birds on the reserve often exceeding 40,000.

Shrimp sculpture

If venturing on to any of Sefton's Award Winning beaches ( at any time of the year it is advisable to check the tide times on information boards, in the local press or purchase a set of Liverpool Tide Tables at any bookstore.

Planning your visit to the coast? Let Merseytravel's new route planner do all the hard work for you.

Southport's web site gives information on travel, accomodation, and activities within the resort and along the coast. Use it for tourist information.

Sefton Council's Coast and Countryside Service have information on sites, species and activities on

For information on Short breaks to the coast and region click here

Fish art at Southport