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A shingle and sand beach with clay cliffs overlooking the River Dee.

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Water Quality

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

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Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site


Food availableToiletsLitter binsSlipway


Free parking is available in the main Thurstaston Visitor Centre Car Parks Limited alternative parking adjacent to the Dee Sailing Club Slipway is suitable for disabled visitors

Dog restrictions

There are no restrictions. Dogs do not have to be on a lead on the beach.

Beach cleaning

The beach has been adopted by the Heswall Soroptomists who undertake regular beach cleans with the Rangers



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Slipway used as an access point for cockle fishermen Dee Sailing Club and fishing and pleasure boat moorings There are notices advising against swimming at this beach Inspirational art courses on the beach with Shore Cottage Studio Dee Tour Boat Trips

Wildlife and Walks

Wirral Council's Coastal Rangers undertake public guided walks throughout the year. Visit for information Free maps and guides for beach walks/access are available from the Thurstaston Visitor Centre See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: estuary, sand, shingle, pebbles, mud,

Beach Location

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Wildlife sightings

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

What is water quality?

Bathing water quality refers to the amount of bacteria present in the sea, which can vary from beach to beach, and can change daily, even on the same beach. High levels of bacteria can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works and storm overflows or run-off from agricultural and urban areas.

Water quality is usually reduced for 24 to 72 hours after heavy rainfall.

Annual result

2014: not tested

At the end of this summer, beaches will be classified with new standards that use four years of sample data. The projected result above shows how the beach would have been rated last year if the new standards had been used, using data from 2011 to 2014. What does this mean?

The new standards don't need to be used until the end of this summer - in 2014 this beach was classified as:

2014: not tested

How the new and old standards compare

Latest info

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

View latest sample results for this beach.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

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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 Thurstaston

No sightings have been reported in the area. Please report your sightings if you see a jellyfish, marine turtle or basking shark.