There’s an outdoorsy feel to our Top 5 this month - enjoy yourselves in Wirral’s country parks and open spaces. We have ideas galore, plus tips on enjoying the countryside responsibly and safely.
1. New Ferry Butterfly Park
Choose a still, sunny day to visit this urban nature reserve on the site of a former railway goods yard to see mini-beasts, birds and butterflies. Access via Howell Road, Bebington, and Bebington Station next door. Open Sundays throughout summer, noon-4pm (except when wet).
2. Seals at Hilbre Island
Wirral’s uninhabited island is a site of special scientific interest and visitors must tread carefully. There are birds and field voles (if you’re lucky) but the real stars are the seals basking on the nearby sandbank or bobbing in the water. Access is via the slipway at Dee Lane, West Kirby, but you MUST check the tides. For info search ‘Hilbre’ on wirral.gov.uk.
3. Little egrets at North Wirral Country Park
Park up at Leasowe Lighthouse and turn left, heading along the prom towards Dove Point, Meols. This stretch is becoming increasingly popular with the snowy-coloured little egret, a recent arrival to Wirral’s shores. They are usually joined by herons, now regular visitors to this part of the coast.
4. Red Rocks Marsh, Hoylake
Red Rocks Marsh is a coastal reserve covering 10 acres of sand dunes, reedbeds and marsh. Home to many species of birds, it’s habitat for Wirral’s only breeding colony of natterjack toads, which are protected by law. Access is via Stanley Road, Hoylake, or along the beach from West Kirby. Please keep to the paths.
5. Cleaver Heath, Heswall
Cleaver Heath is a small area of heathland criss-crossed with interesting paths. It has spectacular views to the Welsh hills and is home to birds, badgers, foxes, and a small population of common lizards. Another site of special scientific interest, tread carefully and keep to the paths. Access from Oldfield Road, Heswall.