Formby Red Squirrel Reserve
Red squirrels have been on the decline in the UK since the more dominant grey squirrel was introduced from the USA. But Freshfield, near Formby in Lancashire has a colony of red squirrel which look very different from the grey squirrel having quite pointed ears with tufts of fur sticking out.
Its a beautiful place along wonderful coastline, with beaches, sand dunes, and a pine woods where you will see these red squirrels.
You will also see lots of different kinds of birds including, gulls, waders, kestrels, woodpeckers and treekeepers.
There is picnic sites, ice cream and drinks available, toilets.
Dogs are allowed but in the area where the squirrels are they must be on a lead.
The reserve is 6 miles south of Southport on the A565.
Victoria Road, Freshfield, Formby and is owned by the National Trust.
I remember that a lot of people parked on the road leading to the reserve but this is a residential road and I am sure the residents must get fed up of it. You can take your car in as there are car parks, parking is £3.10.
Entrance for adults is £2.80 and it is open every day except christmas day.