Shoreline Management


Visiting the Coast

Southport and Birkdale

Shrimp SculptureSouthport is the premier tourist destination on the Sefton Coast. It's recent rejuvination has seen massive investments in the seafront with the refurbishment of Southport Pier and seawall. The town itself has excellent shopping, accomodation and nightlife. It is in close location to several world class golf courses as well as hosting a number of Events and Festivals, including the Southport Flower Show, the Air Show, and the Jazz Festival. For further information contact the Southport Tourist Information Centre on 01704 533333 or

RSPB Marshside Southport Pier Southport Beach Queen's Jubilee Nature Trail Birkdale Beach and Velvet Trail Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve

1. RSPB Marshside P

Enjoy bird watching from one of two comfortable hides overlooking the wet grasslands, or take a stroll along the footpaths to take in the views over the salt marsh and foreshore.

2. Southport Pier T

Take a pleasant stroll down the recently refurbished pier, complete with a new modern pavilion which homes a cafe and interpretation centre for the coast.

3. Southport Beach P

One of Sefton’s ENCAMS Seaside Award winning beaches provides a popular location for visitors to take the sea air. It is also ideal for families, with plenty of room for car owners to park up and enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline, on a clear day you can see Blackpool Tower and the mountains of the Lake District to the north.

4. Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail

The QJNT meanders through a small area of dunes. The trails are well laid out and information boards detail species present.

5. Birkdale Beach and Velvet Trail P

The recently restored Velvet Trail runs through the Birkdale Hills Local Nature Reserve. This site also providesd a excellent start point for exploring the amazing Green beach.

6. Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve