Get ready for Coast Fest 3

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FIRST it was Tracks, Tides and Tales, then came Waders, Walks and Whales, and now we’re launch­ing Coast Fest 3 – as the name hand­ily sug­gests, the third of our fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions of all that’s best on the Sefton coast.

Over a two week pe­riod in Septem­ber, we’ve got free walks, art and fun, fun, fun... and fish. Lots of painted fish. You’ll find de­tails of all the events here, with up­dates on our face­book.com/sefton­coast page and twit­tery stuff @the­sefton­coast.

There’s sure to be some­thing for ev­ery­one over the fort­night, which runs from Septem­ber 9 to 24.

Boots on – here are the events:

Satur­day, Septem­ber 9: Squir­rel Fun – Rim­rose Val­ley Park, Crosby (Der­went Road en­trance). An open event from 11am to 2pm from Lan­cashire Wildlife Trust – chil­dren’s craft ac­tiv­i­ties and giant drey build­ing.

Satur­day, Septem­ber 9: Manag­ing Wood­land for Na­ture – meet Fresh­field Sta­tion at 10am to visit Mon­tagu Road tri­an­gle and Fisherman’s Path with Nat­u­ral Eng­land. Walk ends at Fresh­field Sta­tion. Book­ing: Nat­u­ral Eng­land on 01704 578774.

Mon­day, Septem­ber 11-Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13: Vis Mig walks with John Dempsey. 9am-10.30am marvel at au­tumn bird mi­gra­tion – bring your binoc­u­lars! Meet Ains­dale Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre (PR8 2QB). Open event.

Sun­day, Septem­ber 17: An­other Plaice on dis­play at Ains­dale Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre, 11am-3pm. See hun­dreds of hand-painted fish (did you cre­ate one?) cel­e­brat­ing the marine riches of the Sefton coast.

Sun­day, Septem­ber 17: Gems in the Dunes fun day 11am-2pm, Ains­dale Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre (PR8 2QB). Dis­cover a fan­tas­tic new Her­itage Lottery-funded project aimed at pro­tect­ing our rarest wildlife and plants. In­cludes trea­sure trail, arts and crafts! For more, call 01704 571575 or email Gems-in-the-dunes@ arc-trust.org.

Sun­day, Septem­ber 17: Heather and bees walk at Fresh­field Dune Heath, and a honey-themed af­ter­noon tea with Lan­cashire Wildlife Trust and Nat­u­ral Eng­land. 1.30-4.30pm. Book­ing es­sen­tial, please email fwhit­field@lanc­swt. org.uk or call 0151 920 3769.

Mon­day, Septem­ber 18: Squir­rel tracks and signs walk, Lifeboat Road, Formby. 9.30-11am. Learn about our fa­mous red squir­rels. Book­ing: Rachel Cripps, red squir­rel of­fi­cer, Lan­cashire Wildlife Trust on 07590 745862.

Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20: Marsh­side RSPB re­serve walk – lit­tle egrets, swal­lows and the first pink footed geese back for winter. 9.45am start. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Please call Rib­ble Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre on 01253 796292.

Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20: Manag­ing Wood­land for Na­ture – meet Fresh­field Sta­tion at 10am to visit Mon­tagu Rd tri­an­gle and Fisherman’s Path with Nat­u­ral Eng­land. Walk ends back at Fresh­field Sta­tion. Book­ing: Nat­u­ral Eng­land on 01704 578774.

Fri­day, Septem­ber 22: 10am3pm: The BIG coast walk – meet Ains­dale Sta­tion, 10am head through the dunes and pines with Sefton Coast Landscape Part­ner­ship and the Na­tional Trust. Walk ends at Fresh­field Sta­tion.

Book­ing es­sen­tial, please call SCLP on 0151 934 2964 or email landscape.part­ner­ship@sefton.gov. uk

Fri­day, Septem­ber 22: Hes­keth Out Marsh RSPB re­serve – a fas­ci­nat­ing walk en­joy­ing salt­marsh birdlife. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Please call Rib­ble Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre on 01253 796292.

Fri­day, Septem­ber 22: St Michael’s Church, St Michael’s Road, Blun­dell­sands. 7.45-8.45pm. Squir­rel man­age­ment work­shop – how to man­age the spread of grey squir­rels and help our fa­mous Reds. Book­ing es­sen­tial. Call Rachel Cripps on 07590 745862.

Satur­day, Septem­ber 23: An­other Plaice on dis­play at Hall Rd, Crosby, 11am-3pm. An­other chance to see this fishy in­stal­la­tion art.

The Sefton Coast Landscape Part­ner­ship pro­motes the cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage of the Sefton coast and is sup­ported by Sefton Coun­cil, Nat­u­ral Eng­land, the Na­tional Trust, Lan­cashire Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and the Mersey For­est. This col­umn looks at the flora, fauna and history of the coast­line, and the work the var­i­ous part­ners carry out to pro­tect it.

The Sand Lizard – one of our Gems in the Dunes

Chil­dren at work on the An­other Plaice art­work

The first Pink Feet re­turn any day now

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