Local wild places

Some of RSPB Liverpool’s favourite bird watching sites


Together with Morecambe Bay, and the Ribble and Dee estuaries, the Mersey forms part of Europe ‘s most important wetlands network for wintering and passage birds, hosting almost a million every year.  The RSPB has  several  of the best RSPB nature reserves on these estuaries and offers great birding all year around.
Away from the coast  there are lots of great places to visit and provide vital  habitats for our wildlife  – nature reserves, woodlands and parks. These places listed and described  are regular sites that we visit time and again. Please check the linked websites for up to date information. 

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RSPB group on Billinge hill

Billinge Hill, Orrell Water Park, Greenslate water meadows nature reserve

Billinge Hill, Orrell Water Park, Greenslate water meadows nature reserve are all connected by public footpaths, Visit individually or plan a longer walk

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Childwall Woods, Fields and The Black Wood

Childwall Woods, Fields and the Black Wood are part of the Mersey Forest. Areas of mature unspoilt woodland and grasslands providing excellent habitats for invertebrates and a large range of birds.

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Croxteth Hall Country Park & Local Liverpool Nature reserve. Mab Lane Community Woodlands

Only six miles from the city centre, Croxteth park and the Mab Lane Community woodland are excellent places to see wildlife – Enjoy a peaceful stroll surrounded by magnificent woodlands, birdsong and wildflower meadows.

RSPB Liverpool Parkgate

Dee Estuary reserves – RSPB Parkgate & the Point of Ayr

The Dee estuary reserve incorporates 3 areas; The RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands reserve, all the marsh off Parkgate and the saltmarsh, lagoons and dunes on the Welsh side of the estuary at the Pt of Ayr.

Gorse Hill feeding station

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, Aughton, Lancashire

Gorse Hill Nature reserve, a little gem on the outskirts of Liverpool; A site run for the benefit of wildlife with the help and support of the local community, working with the disabled and children

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Hale Marsh, Pickering’s Pasture & the Duck decoy

Hale Marsh, Hale shoreline and the LNR Pickering’s Pasture, situated on the banks of the river Mersey fabulous place for birdwatching, walking and relaxing.

Hilbre island

Hoylake, Red Rocks & Hilbre Island

The Red rocks, Hoylake promenade and Hilbre island, all great places to view the wildlife that live on or visit the Mersey and Dee estuaries

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Huyton Lane Wetlands

The source of the River Alt, Huyton Lane Wetland Park is a small peaceful haven for local wildlife where you sit and enjoy the birdsong and wildflowers.