If you want to see the wildlife close up there are several ways to do this. There are coastal and riverside paths, the towpath alongside the canal and many other footpaths that take you close to nature. There are guided walks thoughout the year which give special information and which sometimes allow access to places that would otherwise be difficult. There are discovery centres, north and south of the estuary, one of which has a CCTV camera which provides a “window on the estuary”. There are also special reserves and visitor attractions where everyone is made welcome.



  1. Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhills
  2. Ainsdale Discovery Centre
  3. Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve
  4. Avenham and Miller Parks
  5. Fishwick Local Nature Reserve
  6. Hurst Grange Park
  7. Lancashire Wildlife Trust Brockholes Wetland Nature Reserve
  8. Lancashire Wildlife Trust Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve
  9. Leeds Liverpool Canal
  10. Longton Brickroft Nature Reserve
  11. Lytham Hall
  12. Lytham Lifeboat Museum and the Green
  13. Lytham St Annes
  14. Lytham St Annes Local Nature Reserve
  15. Lytham Windmill
  16. Millennium Ribble Link
  17. Ribble Estuary National Nature Reserve
  18. Riversway Docklands & Preston Marina
  19. RSPB Discovery Centre
  20. RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh 
  21. RSPB Marshside
  22. Rufford Marinas
  23. Rufford Old Hall
  24. Southport
  25. Southport Pier
  26. Velvet Trail & Queen's Jubilee Trail
  27. WWT Martin Mere Wetlands Centre

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