Lytham St Annes Local Nature Reserve

The sand dunes of the Fylde coast may only be a fragment of a once extensive dune system but they still provide a habitat for a wealth of wildlife. Over 280 different plant species have been recorded on the dunes from the mobile dunes on the coast to the fixed dunes of the Local Nature Reserve.  This includes internationally rare plants such as the Isle of Man cabbage and the Dune Helleborine which only grow in Great Britain.


The Local Nature Reserve can be accessed from parking at North Beach Car Park or opposite the old Pontins development.  A network of paths criss-cross the site taking in all areas from bio-diverse wet dune slacks to the open grassland of rolling dunes.


The site was designated Lancashire's first ever ‘Local Nature Reserve’ in 1968 and is also designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its interesting and unique plant communities.


The dunes are managed by a partnership between the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Fylde Borough Council.

For more information please visit the Lancashire Wildlife Trust Website.

More information about sand dunes can also be found in the Explore the Landscape section of this website



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