Play your part in a litter-free Formby

Many of our visitors clean up after themselves and take their rubbish away. Unfortunately, some visitors leave their litter behind on the beaches and dunes which not only spoils the enjoyment for others, but is also a risk to our wildlife. The litter should be disposed of properly, or it can end up washed out in the tide, causing problems for our oceans and marine wildlife.

Tackling the problem of litter

Our rangers and volunteers at Formby spend over 3,500 hours collecting litter from Formby’s coast every year which very often diverts them away from important conservation or access work. 

The delicate nature of the coastline and the steep sand dunes at Formby mean that vehicle access to clear the beach of rubbish must be kept to a minimum. As a charity, staff resource and money is limited, and the team at Formby can only do so much. 

Help us to work better for nature. For every £1 we spend on disposing of litter, that’s £1 less that we’re able to use on conservation work to protect Formby’s wildlife or to improve facilities for visitors.

How can you help

We need your help to tackle the litter problem: Take your rubbish off the beach and ideally take it away from Formby where it can be recycled properly. You can also help by taking part in our regular beach clean events, advertised on our social media channels and with Marine Conservation Society, or do the 2 Minute Beach Clean any day of the year.

Family volunteers on a beach clean at Formby

Take part

Find out more about beach clean events at Formby on our Twitter.

Dog Walkers Do

Well behaved dogs are welcome at Formby but sometimes their owner needs to take the lead. We ask that dog walkers always do three things to keep Formby clean for everyone to enjoy
1)    Carry poo bags
2)    Pick up and bag the poop every time
3)    Take your bagged waste to the nearest bins in the car park or take it home for disposal.

Stay Safe

Take extra care in the countryside on hot days by not lighting fires, barbeques or smoking and help us protect this special place. Discarded barbecues can cause fires and can lead to burned feet and nasty cuts. We provide a safe area for barbecues with a special bin for disposal of barbecue coals in the family picnic site at Victoria Road.