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Red Rocks Marsh

The Trust's only coastal reserve, consisting of sand dunes, reedbeds and marsh.

This SSSI reserve lies on the edge of the extensive Dee Estuary, looking out towards Hilbre Island, and just a short walk from Hoylake or West Kirby. Consisting of an important range of sand dunes from embryo dunes against the sea to much more established yellow dunes behind, and then on to grey dunes that extend on to The Royal Liverpool Golf Course. As with all dune systems, specialised plants that can survive in dry sandy conditions grow in the dips (slacks) including Mackays horsetail, one of more than 50 flora species found on the reserve. Orchids include early marsh and northern marsh, whilst birds-foot trefoil, sticky stork's bill and fairly flax also bring colour.

In the slacks behind the embryo dunes small brackish pools are home to Natterjack toads, known for their loud vocal calls in the breeding season.

The reserve and surrounding area is a well-known stopping point for migratory birds in spring and autumn, with regular visitors like redstarts, ring ouzels and wheatears joined by spectacular occasional rarities like bee eaters, shrikes and wintering snow and lapland buntings.

Habitat Management at Red Rocks



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Cleaver Heath
5 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Big Pool Wood
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New Ferry Butterfly Park
8 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Behind the Royal Liverpool Golf Course, South of west end of Stanley Road, Hoylake
West Kirby
CH47 1HN
Map reference
SJ 206 880
Great for...
getting away from it all
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
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4.00 hectares

Sorry, parts of this site may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
Walking information
Please keep to foreshore and marked paths and do not enter the reedbeds
Cars should be left in West Kirby and proceed on foot. From the Holyake direction park in Stanley Road.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01948 820728