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Be A Friend of Seftons Coast in the Coming Seasons

The Friends of Sefton's Coast want volunteers to take part in regular activities to ensure the borough's biggest natural asset remains clean, green and beautiful.

GemsInTheDunesThere will be habitat improvement works with the Gems in the Dunes group in Ainsdale dunes on Tuesday, September 4, helping fellow volunteers, you will work to benefit local wildlife, flora and fauna.

Gems in the Dunes will host another species survey that has taken place throughout July, August and will continue in September. The next survey session will take place on Thursday, September 6 in Ainsdale dunes.

While most equipment will be provided, it is recommended that you bring gloves and sturdy footwear.

To confirm meeting places and start times for both sessions, contact Gems on the Dunes on 01704 571 575 or by email


Gems in the Dunes

Gems in the Dunes is an exciting new project led by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation under the wider HLF-funded ‘Back from the Brink’ partnership programme. The aim of the programme is to bring 20 key species back from the brink of extinction and improve the fortunes of a further 200 plants and animals found here in the UK.




National Trust Seeks Feedback on Proposals for Future Care of The Formby Coast

The National Trust at Formby is asking the community to help further develop ideas for the care of the Formby coast, now and in the future.

Local people are warmly invited to come along to a series of drop-in events to be held throughout September. They will be able to review the feedback received during previous consultation events and contribute to the resulting proposals that are being developed.

Source: NT Formby

Consultation events in 2017 focused on collecting views and suggestions for how the Trust can best care for this unique and rapidly changing stretch of coast, for the benefit of the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its home here.

Topics discussed included

  • How to balance the need for parking with conservation of the sensitive landscape at Formby,
  • How to manage traffic on busy days
  • And the big decisions posed by the encroachment of sand onto the Victoria Road car park.
  • Discussions also focused on how to create and link habitats for the benefit of rare wildlife including Natterjack Toads and Red Squirrels
  • And how to improve visitor facilities, which can sometimes struggle to meet demand.

Andrew Brockbank, Countryside Manager for the National Trust at Formby, commented:

“We want to work with our local community to find the best ways to adapt to changing demands on this stretch of coast. The sand dune shoreline is constantly shifting here at Formby and the popularity of the coast brings pressures to both the fragile habitats and facilities.

We want to make better provision for our visitors to have a wonderful time here while showing sensitivity to local needs and demonstrating good conservation.  We received a fantastic response to our consultation events held throughout 2017 with many ideas being shared about how to care for this special coastline.

We now need to work more closely together to balance these multiple demands on the coast.”

Fiona Matthews, the Trust’s Community Involvement Officer at Formby, added:

“These September drop-in events are aimed at ‘sense-checking’ the feedback we have received so far and sharing our emerging ideas. The next step after these events will be to develop these basic principles and ideas into detailed proposals, working alongside the community.”

Local people can drop into any of the events to talk to staff, pick up a copy of our proposal booklet and contribute their views.

Formby Library   

Saturday 1st September 10-00-14.00
  Saturday 8th September 10.00-14.00
Formby Pool Café 

Tuesday 11th September 9.00-13.00
  Saturday 15th September 9.00-13.00
Formby Market, Chapel Street  

Friday 7th September 9.00-16.00


Additional events will also be added over the coming weeks and will be publicised locally and through the National Trust social media feeds. More information about the consultation events to date and the emerging ideas for Formby Point can be found at:

Comments can also be shared by contacting the National Trust at Formby by email


Open Day at Southport Hospital

Join us here at Southport and Formby District General Hospital on Saturday 8 September, between 11-4pm, for our behind-the-scenes Open Day.

OpenDayImageVisitors will see how we would deal with a major emergency, can ask experts about a range of health issues, visit the theatres, enjoy a range of complementary therapies or even try tai chi.

Specialist stands, manned by experts will cover dementia, cancer, alcohol misuse, emergency care, maternity, physiotherapy and much more.

Visitors will enjoy free parking and should make their way to the rear of the hospital, to the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre. Our annual general meeting will also be taking place in this unit, in the MDT room from 12-1pm. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

At 11 am, the new Garden of Reflection will be officially opened and again, all are welcome. The garden has been created with help from local charities and creates a quiet space for patients, families and staff to enjoy.

Therese Patten, Director of Strategy, said:

“The Open Day is a chance for us to meet the local community in a fun and relaxed setting. Often we only see people when they are unwell, or worried about loved ones. The Open Day will give us the chance to talk about our services and show off some of the great improvements which have taken place this year. We look forward to welcoming as many local people as possible on the day!”

The search is on for Formby's most Instagrammable bike rides

Bike hire scheme Bike & Go is challenging Formby residents to help them find the most Instagrammable bike ride in the region as part of a project to uncover the UK’s most social media-worthy cycle routes.

The #Instacycleroutes guide will celebrate the bike rides with the best photo opportunities in England and Scotland – the two countries in which Bike & Go operates – to help social media stars find new selfie locations while also showcasing nearby cycle routes.

The bike rides could take place anywhere across the region, as long as they feature at least one Insta-worthy hotspot.

The suggestions will then be compiled into an online guide which will be made available on the Bike & Go website.

To suggest a bike ride, users need to tweet @UKBikeandGo or upload to Bike & Go’s Facebook page using the hashtag #Instacycleroutes, or email suggestions to All suitable entries will be compiled into the online guide.

The latest Bike & Go project follows hot on the heels of the Quirky Bike Ride Guide, which was published earlier this year to mark the wide range of unusual bike rides on offer across the UK.

Suzanne Grant, Bike & Go Commercial Director, said:

“We know from the interaction we’ve had with our users that many love to photograph their bike rides and share them on social media.

“We also know that social media users are always looking for ways to create new content, and believe that showing people some of the amazing sights you can see while out cycling could encourage even more people to take to two wheels.

“We’re appealing to everyone who knows of bike rides with some great photo opportunities to share them with us so that even more people can enjoy the best cycle routes the region has to offer and post their experiences online.”

Bike & Go offers bike hire facilities from 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, including Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Ormskirk, New Brighton and West Kirby, in addition to a further 49 participating train stations across much of the North West, North East and Yorkshire, East and South East of England, and Scotland. There are also a bike hire facilities at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Leasowe Castle.

To hire a Bike & Go bike, users simply need to register their card details online, which they can do via smartphones, tablets, or at home, and pay the annual £10 subscription fee. They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire at just £3.80 per 24 hours whilst they wait for their Bike & Go membership card. Bikes can then be returned to any participating train station.

‘Big Chat’ about health in Southport and Formby

Health commissioners are inviting Southport and Formby residents to come to their ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

Big Chat 2018
From left to right: Tracey Forshaw, Fiona Taylor, Anne Marie Morrison from Sefton CVS, Dr Rob Caudwell, Jan Leonard, Susanne Lynch.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is combining its annual review meeting with a ‘Big Chat’ style event, and this year will also be celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

So, as well as finding out about the CCG’s performance and achievements over the past 12 months, the event is a chance for residents to give their views about the organisation’s latest work to shape services.

This year, the event will include a marketplace with a range of health and wellbeing related stalls that people can browse ahead of the start of the main programme, which will combine a mix of presentations and interactive, table-based discussions.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of the CCG, said:

“This will be our 10th ‘Big Chat’ event in Southport and Formby. We really value the feedback and suggestions we gather from all those who come along to the events, so we hope to welcome many local people to our annual review.”

He added:

“We are also hosting a marketplace, where colleagues and partners from neighbouring health organisations will have information stalls promoting a range of local health services.”

Copies of the CCG’s annual report and accounts for 2017-2018 will also be available for people to take away.

The event begins at 1 pm with a marketplace and refreshments, with the main agenda taking place from 2 pm to 4.30pm at The Royal Clifton Hotel, One the Promenade, Southport, PR8 1RB. The marketplace and refreshments will be available from 1 pm.

Anyone who would like to come along is asked to confirm their attendance, along with any special requirements they may have, by calling 0151 317 8456 or emailing