Still plenty to see on walks despite start of hibernation
THAT hour going back really makes the difference doesn’t it? Night falls earlier, and many species are already dormant or hibernating along the coast.
But there’s still plenty to see as the days get shorter, and conditions are often perfect for exploring.
So we’re launching a short series of walks between now and Christmas aimed at getting you out into areas less often visited along the Sefton coast at a quieter, more reflective time of year.
I’ll be leading the walks, and look forward to seeing some familiar and new faces.
As with all of our outdoor events, you’ll need warm, waterproof clothing and stout walking shoes or boots, and although free, booking for these events is essential (but that’s the easy bit).
For more information on these walks, or to book a place, please call 0151 934 2964 or email landscape.partnership@ sefton.gov.uk
Our first walk will be setting off from outside Merseyrail’s Waterloo station in Crosby at 10am on Friday, November 17.
We’ll be trekking down to the coast and then north to Hightown, saying “howdy” to Antony Gormley’s “Another Place” iron men, then stopping off at the remains of historic Fort Crosby before enjoying the dunes and Alt estuary.
The walk will end at Hightown train station at 1pm.
On Tuesday, November 21, we will meet at Birkdale Station at 10am, and head down Weld Road to walk the northern section of the Green Beach and Queens Jubilee Nature Trail, passing Southport Pier and completing a circuit round Southport’s marine lake, before ending the walk at Southport train station at 1pm.
We’ll be discussing how our coastline is changing, how it looked in the past and what it may look like in the future.
If we’re lucky we may encounter some wildlife, especially wintering birds, so don’t forget your binoculars.
Then on Friday, December 1, we’ll be venturing into the pinewoods of Ainsdale National Nature Reserve, walking from Freshfield Station (meet at 10am) north through the trees to finish at Ainsdale Station at 1.30pm.
The pines can be an atmospheric place in the depths of winter, but there are still surprises to look out for up in the dark canopy…
Hopefully anyone with an interest in the cultural and natural heritage of the coast will find these walks interesting – and any walk along our coast is great exercise, whatever the weather.
Finally with sheep and cattle back at several sites along the Sefton coast for the conservation grazing season, can I remind all dog owners that it is imperative that their pets are kept under close control and well away from livestock in fenced grazing areas.
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 pinewoods of Ainsdale National Nature Reserve
Wintering waders off Weld Rd