Hitting the Trail: National Trust Formby Coastline (Liverpool, UK)

Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, beaches, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at kidsandnature@gmail.com with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!

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National Trust Formby Coastline (Liverpool, UK)

This week we welcome Emily, who is sharing a local wild space that is a favorite spot for her family. They see a variety of plant and animal life, along with fossil footprints on their visits. Enjoy this peek at a neat spot in her neck of the woods.

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Formby 2014

Location: National Trust Formby Coastline https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/

Habitat: Sand Dunes and Coastline, Pine woodlands and abandoned agricultural land.  This area of coastline is rapidly changing, it has moved inland by more than 250 yards since 1960. In an attempt to stop this rapid erosion there are dunes planted with marram grass and pine woodlands.

Favourite plant and animal life: At this time of year the bluebells are beautiful and the main attraction is always the rare red squirrels…If you are lucky you may spot asparagus growing wild, dune tiger beetles and natterjack toads.

Special features: When the tide is out it is sometimes possible to find Mesolithic footprints, preserved from when this area was coastal marsh land and usually covered by the sea.

Best time of year to visit: Any time, there is always something new to see but Spring time visits have the benefit of lots of bluebells!

Thank you for sharing, Emily!

 

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