Hesketh Out Marsh

This salt marsh reserve is a new place to visit and to admire the wildlife of the estuary. It's a great spot to see the gathered pink-footed geese, wigeons, teals and other wildfowl in winter, along with big flocks of golden plovers, lapwings and black-tailed godwits. In spring the marshes are alive with the sight and sound of displaying waders, including avocets and lapwings.  You can access the site from public footpaths and use the viewing platform close to the small car park.

The site has had an interesting history.  In the 1980's this natural saltmarsh was drained to provide arable agricultural land and was used to grow crops until 2006. Returning the land to salt marsh, saline lagoons and muddy creeks, provides improved habitat for breeding waders and has created the first new reserve for the Ribble Coast and Wetlands Regional Park.

Hesketh Out Marsh is at the end of Dib Road, off Shore Road, Hesketh Bank.  Details of how to get there can be found on the RSPB website.

Opening times: From 8 am to 6 pm, or dusk if it's earlier.




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