Sefton beach-goers guide

24 August 2023 2min read

Sefton’s environmentally protected coastline stretches for 22 miles and is a nature haven that offers something for everyone. Here are a few things anyoje thinking of heading to Sefton’s natural coast this weekend, needs to know.

Natural Coast

Sefton’s coastline is registered as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has strict laws for its protection and conservation.

People visiting the Sefton coast are asked to look after this special landscape by disposing of litter carefully in bins. If bins are full, we ask them to take litter home with them.

Visitors are also reminded that BBQs and fires are not allowed anywhere along our 22-mile coastline.

People can learn more about Sefton’s natural coast by going to

Water Safety

RNLI lifeguards are present daily, from 10am – 6pm, through summer in Sefton, at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport beaches.

And although it is not a bathing beach, theRNLI provides 365 days a year service at Crosby Coastal Park. ,

The RNLI and Her Majesty’s HM Coastguard are running a water safety campaign, urging everyone to remember that if you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live.

Floating to Live involves leaning back and using your arms and legs to stay afloat controlling your breathing and then calling for help or swimming to safety.

In a coastal emergency, people should call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.

For further advice and guidance, please visit

Plan your journey

Those thinking about visiting one of Sefton’s coastal gateways are reminded to travel safely Planning their journey ahead will help avoid traffic delays. people are also reminded to park responsibly and considerately, away from residential areas.

People opting for public transport can get the latest travel updates on the Mersey Travel website at

Beach parking is available at Ainsdale and Southport beaches but they can fill up at peak times.

There are toilet facilities at Ainsdale and Crosby which include men’s, women’s, and disabled toilets. A daily cleaning regime is in place, ensuring the amenities are kept clean and replenished during busy periods through the summer.

Respect our wildlife

In August, bird migration approaches its peak on the coast, with thousands of wading birds, terns and gulls resting and feeding on the sands.

These birds are trying to build and conserve energy supplies before undertaking long journeys south, often beyond sub-Saharan Africa, and should not be disturbed  - .

People are asked to lease keep dogs and horses well away from them.

To learn more about wildlife activity along our coastline, people can head to the month-by-month Nature Calendar at

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