Places to see birds

The Dee Estuary - RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands

In 2011 a transformation was unveiled. A little known RSPB reserve called Inner Marsh Farm became a shining beacon for birders in the Northwest. Burton Mere Wetlands was open for business. More...

RSPB Marshside - Jewel of the Ribble

Marshside is one of the best places for birdwatching on the internationally important Ribble Estuary, which holds more birds than any other estuary in the UK. Up to 40.000 birds in winter. More...

Seaforth Nature Reserve - a local treasure

The reserve which is contained within the Seaforth docks system. This unlikely setting of the reserve is not reflected in its wildlife, the location of the reserve at the mouth of the River Mersey, acts as a magnet for many migrants More...

Liverpool Parks - Sefton Park

The Hyde Park of Liverpool is teeming with wildlife. The park, with its large fields, wooded areas, lakes and ponds acts as a haven for wildlife. More...

Croxteth Hall Country Park & Local Liverpool Nature reserve. Mab Lane Community Woodlands

Croxteth Hall and estate was formerly the family home of the Earls of Sefton, the estate passed into public ownership 500 acres remaining were turned into a country park. More...

Liverpool Parks - Court Hey Park & The National Wildflower Centre

A popular peaceful oasis close to, but environmentally miles from the M62 motorway! More...

Liverpool Local Nature Reserve - Childwall Woods, Fields and The Black Wood

A site of nature conservation value and has been named a Liverpool Local Nature Reserve (LNR) area, the first in the city for 20 years More...

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust - Martin Mere Reserve (Please don't mistake for RSPB reserve)

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Martin Mere reserve needs no introduction really but if you haven't been yet, then you must, especially in winter when the Whoopers are in.Avocets at the mere, wow... up to 86 counted in spring 2013! More...

Lancashire Wildlife Trust's, Mere Sands Wood, Rufford, Lancashire

The star birds of the reserve have to be the Kingfishers regularly seen darting over the lake and the shy Bittern, hiding in the reeds or marshy areas, observable from the Rufford and Redwing hides, 3 Bitterns were present in 2012. More...

The Spectacular Sefton Coast- Freshfield, Ainsdale & Formby Reserves

The National Trust reserve at Freshfield, is one of the best places in Great Britain to see, feed and photograph red squirrels.The Green beach is a incredibly, special place , it has grown from a few scattered patches of Common Saltmarsh-grass .......... More...

Hoylake, Red Rocks & Hilbre Island

Both the Mersey and Dee estuaries are internationally important wildlife sites for waders and wildfowl in winter.The shore at Hoylake by the Life Boat Station is a high tide roost for waders. More...

North Wirral coast - Leasowe lighthouse area

The whole area behind the coastal embankment is a haven for resting migrants and nesting birds. Chiff chaff, willow warbler, whitethroat, spotted flycatcher, blackcap.. More...

Liverpool Parks - Stanley Park & Walton Hall Park

Stanley Park is known for dividing the home grounds of rival Merseyside football clubs Everton and Liverpool. A Grade II English Heritage site, it opened in 1870 and covers 110 acres More...

Huyton Lane Wetlands

The source of the River Alt, Huyton Lane Wetland Park is a peaceful haven for local wildlife where you sit and enjoy the birdsong. It's not a particularly large wetland park but it is absolutely packed to the seams with all kinds of wildflowers and in spring/early summer looks terrific. More...

Pennington Flash, Leigh

Now an extensive nature reserve with several bird hides and a network of tracks and footpaths. A premier birdwatching site in the North West England, over 300 bird species have been recorded More...

Billinge Hill, Orrell Water Park, Greenslate water meadows

Billinge hill is the highest point in Merseyside at 587 feet , doesn't sound particularly high but from the top on a clear day the views are extensive, reaching out to the mountains of Snowdonia in Wales More...

Moore Nature Reserve Warrington

The reserve is one of the best bird watching sites in Cheshire, known for its varied bird life, including all five species of British owl and all three species of woodpecker More...

Pensychnant Conservation Centre and Nature Reserve, Conwy

A penchant for Pensychnant and PFC's.These Welsh oak woods are important for summer migrants; here you will find the distinctively marked pied flycatchers, redstart, wood warbler.... More...

Northwich Community woodlands - Marbury Country Park and the Flashes

Northwich Community Woodlands is a huge area, nearly a 1,000 acres of varied habitat providing a rich haven for a host of wildlife such as over 220 species of birds, 19 dragonflies, 30 mammals. More...

Tegg's Nose Country Park & the Macclesfield Forest

The Macclesfield forest includes some broad leaved trees but is largely made up of pine trees. The largest Heronry in the Peak District can be found in the forest on the shore of the trentabank reservoir; a viewing area has More...

Fabulous Farne - GO THERE!

Rocky islands, once home to saints, soldiers and famous lighthouse keepers, now a sanctuary for 100,000 pairs of nesting seabirds and grey seals. More...

Hale Marsh, LNR Pickering's Pasture & the Duck decoy  

The wader roost on the marsh on 10th August 13 at high water looked impressive with nine hundred and twenty black-tailed godwits, two hundred and seventy lapwings, one golden plover, one knot (in summer plumage) sixty redshanks, one greenshank, thirty dunlins, one ringed plover and five oystercatcher. More...

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, Aughton, Lancashire

'Aughton's best kept secret' Managed by the Northwest Ecological Trust More...

The Coach Road & Siding Lane Nature Reserve

Many birds which are decreasing in other areas are still doing well here, including skylark, yellowhammer, corn bunting and grey partridge are regularly seen and lapwing still display in the spring. Good numbers of several species of finches and tits roam the area, willow tit being of note More...

Dee Estuary reserves- Parkgate, Point of Ayr

Stunning views across the marshes from both side of the Dee Estuary . A mega birdwatching hotspots on a high tide More...

Oglet Bay and the Speke Garston Nature Reserve.

The Mersey Way closely follows the north bank of the river and estuary of the Mersey from Rixton, east of Warrington to Garston, Liverpool, linking Paddington Meadows,Warrington and the Pickering Pasture, Widnes and Speke & Garston Coastal Nature Reserves. Views of the Wirral peninsula and North Wales, birdlife in/on the estuary and a unique view of planes taking off from Liverpool Airport. More...