Local wild places

Southport is fortunate to have so many places to explore birds and other wildlife, either on it’s doorstep or within easy reach.

Further information on each of these can be found on separate pages, with information on access, what you may see there and when is the best time to visit. Some are managed by the RSPB , others by nature charities such as the Lancashire and Merseyside Wildlife Trust, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and Natural England, in addition to coastal dunes and woodland managed by the National Trust and Sefton Council

There are 10 miles of accessible sand dune habitat stretching to the south and extensive saltmarsh along the Ribble estuary to the north, Why not enjoy them to the full?

Please note that access onto the saltmarsh is restricted and can be dangerous. It is best viewed from the Coastal Road at Southport, bordering the Marshside reserve or from the embankments at Hesketh Outmarsh.

See below for details of local wild places we recommend.


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  • Coastal wetland
  • Estuary & Saltmarsh
  • Inland wetland
  • Marine Lake
  • Woodland
Crosby Marina

Crosby Marine Lake

Public park adjacent to Seaforth Dock

Burton Mere final

Dee Estuary – Burton Mere Wetlands Reserve – RSPB

One of the RSPB’s newer reserves on the Dee estuary

Shelduck in flight

Hesketh Out Marsh – RSPB

A recently established RSPB reserve with pools and saltmarsh

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Lunt Meadows – LWT

A LWT managed reserve on the floodplain of the River Alt

An avocet in flight at Marshside

Marshside – RSPB

A large reserve, close to Southport

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Martin Mere Wetland Centre – WWT

A Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre

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Mere Sands Wood – LWT

Deciduous woodland and flooded gravel pits

Southport Marine Lake

Southport Marine Lake

A large marine lake with some commercial and leisure activity in the summer months