Places to see birds

Hilbre Island

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water
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Where: Start from Dee Lane Slipway, which is adjacent to the Marine Lake, West Kirby
The Islands are surrounded by the tide for up to 6 hours twice a day.
Do not set out to the islands without knowing when this will be.

Star species: Many waders including purple sandpiper, oystercatcher, knot and dunlin.

Estuary Birds
The most obvious group of birds to be seen from Hilbre for most of the year are the waders. Hundreds feed on the seaweed-covered rocks around Hilbre at low tide with peak numbers during the winter.

Sea birds
Hilbre is nationally famed as one of the best sites in the country to see Leach's Storm Petrel. Late summer sees a large post-breeding gathering of sandwich, common and little terns.

Migrating Land Birds
Lying out to sea Hilbre Island acts as a magnet to any land bird flying along the coast or maybe taking a short cut across Liverpool Bay. Virtually anything can turn up but some of the more regular visitors are meadow pipits, willow warblers, swallows and wheatears

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times on the Local Nature Reserve

Opening times:
Open at all times. Overnight stays not allowed. Check safe crossing times. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for a wet crossing.

Entrance charges: