Dogs at Formby

Dog runs along the beach

With hundreds of acres of woodland and a sandy beach that stretches for miles, Formby is the perfect place to walk your dog whatever the time of year. We want you to enjoy your time here with your four-legged friends and here are some things to think about before your walk.

Parking

Although we do have some shaded areas in our car park, please don’t leave your dog unattended in a car as even on cloudy or cooler days a dog can overheat quickly.

Refreshments

Three self-filling water bowls are located by the toilets and in the parking areas at Victoria Road and the welcome team will usually have a dog bowl and water at Lifeboat Road. We have woodland picnic areas where dogs are welcome to help you with your picnic.

Pick up your dog’s daily business…


When you take your dog for a walk, be sure you have enough bags with you to pick up what your dog does naturally! …and remember to bag it and bin it


We all know it’s a horrible thing to step in dog mess and no-one wants to see dog poo-bags hanging from shrubbery, fence posts or just left on the beach.

Being a responsible dog owner means cleaning up after your pet. If you need a dog bag just ask one of our friendly team.
There are plenty of litter bins near the car parks and in the woods so please put your poo-bags in a bin or take it home – don’t leave it for someone else to do for you!

Off the lead


Our rangers know how beneficial it is to both you and your dog for them to be able to run free but they’d also explain that Formby is home to many wild creatures and that we all need to do our very best to protect them.

Spring and early Summer

Many of our rare species are protected by law and we must be careful not to disturb them. 

•    Natterjack Toads emerge from hibernation and will lay their spawn in pools in the dunes. Please keep your dog well away from pools during this period. 
It is vital that Natterjack spawn and tadpoles are not disturbed and you can really help their chances of breeding successfully.

•    Sand Lizards and Common Lizards also emerge from hibernation, but it is unlikely your pet will get too close to these shy, and very fast critters.

•    Nesting activity increases for birds – ground nesters like Skylark and Meadow Pipits, and low nesters like Whitethroat, Reed Bunting or even Grasshopper Warblers will be trying to raise families – try to vary your walking route during this period so that you don’t disturb nest sites repeatedly.
Species like Skylark and Meadow Pipit may adopt hovering distraction displays to lead you away from their nests. Unfortunately this gives the position of their nest away to egg stealing animals including Magpies and Stoat.

If you forget your lead please ask at the car park entrance as we may have a spare that you could use.

Please respect our ‘non-dog’ friends’


Much as we love our pet pooches, please spare a thought for our ‘non-dog’ friends. Some people really just don’t want dogs near them even if they are only being friendly.

Horse riders may ride across the beach from Formby to Ainsdale and on some of the paths across the site. Be aware that horses may spook and kick out if they are frightened by a dog. Please prevent your dog from barking at horses or running up to them.

Sefton’s Good Dog Code


We encourage dog walkers to become familiar with Sefton’s Good Dog Code  . This code provides lots of great tips on how to be a good dog owner in Sefton.

Public Space Protection Order [Dog Control] 2017


This Dog Control Order came into force on July 14, 2017 and applies to all the land and beach area cared for by National Trust at Formby. 

It requires dog owners to:

Remove your dog’s fouling forthwith.

Restrict the number of dogs walked by one person to a maximum of 6 dogs on or off the lead.