The National Trust looks set to expand its Formby coastal portfolio by more than 500 acres.
A report to be discussed by Sefton Council’s cabinet this Thursday (25 May) recommends the local authority transfers ownership of the land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols.
The area includes some of the UK’s best sand dune habitats which are home to a number of rare wildlife species including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, and the Natterjack toad.
The land also includes the pine woodland that fringes the coast and is inhabited by rare red squirrels.
The potential land transfer coincides with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and also the 50th anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.
The National Trust says the deal, which would see a “very significant financial investment in visitor infrastructure at Formby”, is “a fantastic opportunity to look after this very special place for ever and for everyone”.