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Formby is one of the last refuges of a beautiful animal that's all but disappeared from the rest of England - the Red Squirrel.

The pine woods are home to one of only 12 squirrel refuges in Britain.

The National Trust work day and night to protect the 200 Red Squirrels that live in the area.

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Formby - Visitor Guide


Formby Pinewoods and Red Squirrel Reserve, Victoria Road, Freshfield, Formby.

Postcode L37 1LJ
Telephone:01704 878591

Ordnance Survey:OS ref 108:SD275080
Key attractions:

Children's quiz trail.


Signposted squirrel walk. Note - dogs must be kept on leads around the squirrel walk.

Essential kit:

Camera (great close-up photo opportunities), comfortable shoes and windproof jacket.

Nature watching:

Red Squirrels.


Woodland walks. Bird watching.


Toad watching.

Access:Ample parking facilities and access to the squirrel viewing areas for prams and wheelchairs. Braille guide. Baby changing facilities.
Getting there:


By road: From Liverpool, follow signs to Southport until you join the A565. Follow the brown signs from the roundabout at the North end of Formby by-pass.

By train: From Liverpool, take the Merseyrail Northern Line to Freshfield. The red squirrel reserve is one mile down Victoria Road which is adjacent to the station.


Ainsdale reserve:

Located between Ainsdale and Freshfield (near Formby).

The nearest train stations are Ainsdale, Freshfield, Southport (5 km to the north) and Formby.

Opening times:

Formby reserve:
Open daily during daylight hours. Closed 25th December.


Part of the beach car park (£2.70 per car) is closed at 5.30pm (Mar-Oct) and 4.00pm (Nov-Dec). Coaches £15.00 all year (must be pre-booked).

Charges:Free admission.
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