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Ainsdale & Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve
The reserve was established in 1980 and now covers 916 hectares of open dunes and
beach. It is typical of most sand dune systems with high dune ridges and dune valleys
containing slacks. Slacks are low hollows formed by wind-blow, often flooded during
the winter which contain many unusual plants and animals. Some slacks provide ideal
breeding pools for Natterjacks.
The reserve is rich in plant life. During the summer months damp slacks are carpeted
with flowers including Early-marsh Orchid, Marsh Helleborine and Grass of Parnassus.
In drier slacks the Round-leaved Wintergreen and nationally rare Dune Helleborine
can be found.
The Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve is located in area of dunes
from the Shore Road roundabout heading towards the Weld Road roundabout in Birkdale.
Click on the small map on the left to go to a much larger version on Natural England’s
To see a map of the Sandhills area, please click HERE and Natural England’s map will open before you!
Sefton MBC - Local Nature Reserve
The Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve is managed by Sefton MBC.
To find out more about what this means, click HERE
Sefton Coast Partnership
The Sefton Coast Partnership was established to provide a forum for all those with
a stake in the well-being and management of the coastal areas. To learn more about
the Partnership, click HERE