Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve

Ainsdale Dunes National Nature Reserve

This Natural England reserve is an attractive mix of open dunes and pine woods with many way marked paths. The dunes are home to interesting animals and insects including a distinctive race of sand lizards, the fearsome dune tiger beetle (2cm long) and up to 20% of the national population of nocturnal natterjack toads. Rare plants abound, and in June and July the reserve is a riot of colour from the mix of Seaside Centaury and Yellow Bartsia.

The reserve has no public car park and visitors are encouraged to arrive by public transport. There are 6 entrances to the reserve, at Pinfold Lane, Fisherman’s path, Freshfield, and at each end of the beach and frontal dune path. The nearest train stations are at Freshfield (1.36 km from reserve entrance) and Ainsdale (1.2km). The nearest bus stops are in Pinfold Lane and Gleneagles Drive, in Merseytravel Zone D1.

Contact the site office Tel 01704 578774

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