Public Urged to Avoid Disturbing Resting Birdlife on Sefton Coast Amid High Tides

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Over the next few days, some of the highest tides of the year are forecast along the #Sefton Coast.
Please bear this in mind if you are planning a visit.

Roosting wading birds will be pushed into a few specific areas to roost as the sea covers the sands, so please do not disturb them - they need to conserve energy at this time of year.

Over the high tide (you can access tide times on a number of free apps online), do not walk along the shore between Ainsdale and Birkdale, as along with the beach south of Albert Road at Formby, the Alt estuary at Hightown and the Ribble estuary at Marshside, this is a key area for resting wading birds.

Many of these protected birds are about to embark on huge migrations and need to conserve their energy, so please give them a wide berth.

If you see a gathering of birds on the sands, take a detour to avoid them.
Dogs should be kept under close control and well away from any birds, whether they are feeding or resting, while horses must not be ridden on the shore two hours either side of the high tide.

Photographers, walkers, joggers and even birdwatchers should also take care not to disturb these gatherings of birds along the coast.
Respect, protect and enjoy the #Sefton Coast.