Wednesday was a gorgeous cold and clear blue sky day and both of us happened to have the day off work. Talk about good luck! We decided to head off to the Sefton Coast near Liverpool….with the dog of course.
In the morning we found our way to Formby Beach and parked at the National Trust Car Park which was quite expensive but well worth it. I do keep thinking about membership and just don’t get round to it. Anyone out there a member? So, the car park area is right by the pine woods where red squirrels are in residence. 🙂 But first we ambled down to the beach via one of the many trails. Check out the recycled Christmas trees that have been planted in the dunes to protect them from becoming flattened.
Formby Beach is lovely and very dog friendly too. There are lots of shells especially Razor Shells. This part of the coast is home to some rare wildlife such as Dune Tiger Beetles and Natterjack Toads. And when the tide is out ancient human and animal tracks dating back 5,000 years can be seen in the rocks. The other wildlife Formby is famous for is of course it’s Red Squirrels.
The pine woodlands were planted 60-110 years ago to stable the sand dunes and protect the asparagus crops that were once grown here. Nowadays they are a refuge for our protected squirrel species. The squirrel walk ( dogs allowed on leads) is a delight. I can’t tell you how chuffed I was to see so many of these beautiful little tuftys. 🙂 They are smaller than their grey cousins and never keep still for long!
After our fun times in Formby we drove a little further down the coast to Crosby Beach. Here is home to 100 cast iron statues by artist Antony Gormley entitled Another Place. They are dotted around 3 km of beach, looking out to sea. There is a signposted free car park and dogs are allowed on the sand. I’m not sure what Hugo thought of the sculptures. He did pee on a lot of them!
As you can see all the statues are naked! They are actually modelled on the artist’s own body. I wonder how he feels about himself being duplicated across the coastline in his birthday suit. Well pretty good, I guess. 🙂
It was interesting to see the varying states of erosion and weathering the statues have succumbed to. Ten years have passed since they were installed. I hope they are gracing the coastline for many years to come. 🙂