Get ready for Coast Fest 3
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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