The future care of Formby Point coast

Formby sand dunes sand blowing over marram grass
Published : 08 Mar 2017 Last update : 22 Mar 2017

The Formby coast is home to some of the most precious sand dune habitats in the UK. Shaped by wind and tides, this year sees the National Trust celebrate 50 years of looking after this special place.

You may have seen in the media recently that Sefton Council are in discussion with the National Trust about the future care of the coastal area at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols. In light of this, positive conversations have taken place regarding the transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust.

If agreed, it would see more than 204 hectares become part of the National Trust Formby portfolio which is home to one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. The dunes themselves are home to some very rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast are also home to rare red squirrels. The land at Lifeboat Road adjoins an area whose significance is reflected by being part of the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds.

The potential land transfer coincides with 2017 being the Year of Sefton's Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby. Should this happen we see this as a fantastic opportunity to look after this very special place for ever and for everyone:  conserving the habitats and improving visitor experience. If this does go ahead we want to work with local people to help shape what happens next.

Find out more

Have a look at the FAQs which should be able to help you find out the answer to any questions you have:  FAQs Formby Point (PDF / 0.01953125MB) download

You can email if you can’t find the information you are looking for.

There is a programme of walks this Spring to help you discover more about the area.

7th April 17: Ravenmeols Walk. 10am. Meet at Lifeboat Rd car park. Duration 2-3 hrs.  Find out about: Flora and fauna, Black poplars, the Cold war listening post.

27th April 17: Cabin Hill Walk. 10am. Meet at junction of Jubilee Rd and Range Lane. Duration 2-3hrs. Find out about: Flora and fauna, Cabin Hill Farm, Operation Starfish and sand extraction.

18th May 17: Lifeboat Rd area.  10am. Meet at Lifeboat Rd car park. Duration 2hrs. Find out about: Amphibians, Red Squirrels, Pines, Lifeboat house, Tide gauges, William Hutchinson.
Warm, waterproof clothing and stout footwear are essential for any of the walks. 

To book a walk please contact the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership on 0151 934 2964 or email