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Formby, Lifeboat Road


Formby Beach at Lifeboat Road is a beautiful rural, flat, clean, sandy beach. It falls within the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest and is internationally important for nature conservation. Formby Beach at Lifeboat Road is backed by sand dunes and has views across Liverpool Bay to the Wirral and North Wales.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Excellent

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Formby, Lifeboat Road beach

ShopsLitter bins


Parking is available just off Lifeboat Road, after paying a parking fee.

Dog restrictions

Byelaws - dogs must be under control and effectually restrained. All waste must be cleared

Beach cleaning

Litter bins are provided at the beach and at the car park. Additional staff during the summer season.



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Formby Beach at Lifeboat Road is a very popular beach destination on the Sefton Coast. There are many paths to explore through the dunes and the Local Nature Reserve at Ravenmeols Sandhills. A bathing area is set out by Beach Lifeguards when they are on duty.

Wildlife and Walks

Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest, Ravenmeols Sandhills Local Nature Reserve, Coastal Footpath, wildlife and habitats of international importance - Natterjack Toads, Red Squirrels, numerous wildflowers, insects and butterflies, Neolithic remains and historic remains of the first lifeboat ltation in Britain. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 15th May to 30th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2015 Excellent

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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Potential hazards at this beach


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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

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Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Formby, Lifeboat Road beach

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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Formby, Lifeboat Road beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Etherington
on 9 Oct 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Izabela Caruzzi
on 4 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Daniel Pearson
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Samuel Hartharn-evans
on 21 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Debra Williams
on 17 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Hannah Dade
on 16 Jul 2016

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