Shirdley Hill Sand
Shirdley Sand is a vast swathe of sand deposited by wind since the last glaciation. It spreads from the Sefton Coast several kilometres inland, and can create dunes up to 75m (246ft) tall.
The sandy nature of the Sefton coast has made it attractive for human use for centuries. Shirdley Sand has been extracted for industrial uses from at least the 1920s and 1930s, carrying on until 1970. This led to widespread man-made erosion of this part of the coast, which only halted recently. The sandy nature of the area makes it suitable for links golf courses, and a number of these have been built on the Sefton Coast, including the West Lancashire Golf Club (Crosby), Formby Ladies Golf Club, Hillside Golf club and Royal Birkdale.
Today, the coast is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a National Nature Reserve. It is home to many species of wetland vegetation, as well as animals such as the natterjack toad, sand lizard and red squirrel.
Recently, the area was part of Wessex Archaeology‘s Liverpool Bay Pilot Area for their Historic Seascapes Project.
- Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve – Natural England
- Sands of Time: information on the sand dunes of the Sefton Coast