Want to help protect Sefton sand dunes’ important wildlife?

Volunteers are an important part of the Gems in the Dunes project and are responsible for carrying out vital habitat management and species surveys within an incredibly rare habitat. If you want to get involved, see below for our Spring volunteer programme! 

Dates, times and tasks may change from time to time. To make sure you keep up to date, why not register with us as a volunteer? Email the team at [email protected] and ask for a volunteer form!

Click on the links to take you to the meeting places!

Date and time Task Description Meeting place
30th January 10am-3pm Dune slack rejuvenation (Formby) Improving existing natterjack toad breeding pools by clearing out excessive scrub and vegetation. Lifeboat Road Car Park, Formby, L37 2DD
5th February 10am-3pm Dune slack rejuvenation  (Hightown) Improving existing natterjack toad breeding pools by clearing out excessive scrub and vegetation. End of Blundell Road, Hightown, L38 9GL
7th February 10am-1pm Invasive species survey (Ainsdale) Surveying for invasive species in dune habitat on the Ainsdale sand hills Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB
12th February 10am-3pm Dune slack rejuvenation (Hightown) Improving existing natterjack toad breeding pools by clearing out excessive scrub and vegetation. End of Blundell Road, Hightown, L38 9GL
14th February 10am-1pm Invasive species survey (Ainsdale) Surveying for invasive species in dune habitat on the Birkdale sand hills Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB
16th February 10am-3pm Sea buckthorn clearance (Formby) Joint task day with National Trust Formby clearing invasive sea buckthorn from the dunes. Lifeboat Road Car Park, Formby, L37 2DD
17th February 10am-3pm Sea buckthorn clearance (Formby) Joint task day with National Trust Formby clearing invasive sea buckthorn from the dunes. Lifeboat Road Car Park, Formby, L37 2DD
19th February 10am-3pm Dune slack rejuvenation (Hightown) Improving existing natterjack toad breeding pools by clearing out excessive scrub and vegetation. End of Blundell Road, Hightown, L38 9GL
21st February 10am-1pm Invasive species survey (Ainsdale) Surveying for invasive species in dune habitat on two inland dune sites End of Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, PR8 2RE
26th February 10am-3pm Dune slack rejuvenation (Formby) Joint task day with National Trust Formby improving existing natterjack toad breeding pools by clearing out excessive scrub and vegetation. Lifeboat Road Car Park, Formby, L37 2DD
28th February 10am-1pm Species survey (Ainsdale) Species survey, TBD Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB
5th March 10am-3pm Sea buckthorn clearance (Ainsdale) Clearing invasive sea buckthorn from the dunes. Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB
7th March 10am-1pm Invasive species survey (Hightown) Surveying for invasive species in dune habitat on Hightown dunes End of Blundell Road, Hightown, L38 9GL
12th March 10am-3pm Dune slack rejuvenation (Hightown) Improving existing natterjack toad breeding pools by clearing out excessive scrub and vegetation. End of Blundell Road, Hightown, L38 9GL
14th March 10am-1pm Invasive species survey (Birkdale) Surveying for invasive species in dune habitat on Birkdale sand hills Beach Car Park off Weld Road roundabout, Southport, PR8 2BX
17th March 10am-3pm Scrub control (Ainsdale) Clearing gorse and other scrub from an important dune site. End of Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, PR8 2RE
19th March 10am-3pm Dune slack rejuvenation (Birkdale) Improving existing natterjack toad breeding pools by clearing out excessive scrub and vegetation. Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX
21st March 10am-1pm Invasive species survey (Formby) Surveying for invasive species in dune habitat Lifeboat Road Car Park, Formby, L37 2DD
26th March 10am-3pm Dune slack rejuvenation (Birkdale) Improving existing natterjack toad breeding pools by hand, including clearing out submerged vegetation and removing surrounding scrub. Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX
2nd April 10am-1pm Sand lizard survey (Ainsdale) Sand lizard survey sessions for volunteers who have attended training Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB
4th April 10am-1pm Sand lizard survey (Formby) Sand lizard survey sessions for volunteers who have attended training End of Jubilee Road, Formby, L37 2YN
9th April 10am-1pm Sand lizard survey (Formby) Sand lizard survey sessions for volunteers who have attended training Lifeboat Road Car Park, Formby, L37 2DD
11th April 10am-1pm Sand lizard survey (Birkdale) Sand lizard survey sessions for volunteers who have attended training Beach Car Park off Weld Road roundabout, Southport, PR8 2BX
16th April 10am-3pm Sand patch creation and sand lizard survey (Hightown) Combined sand patch creation and sand lizard surveys End of Blundell Road, Hightown, L38 9GL
18th April 10am-3pm Sand lizard survey (Ainsdale) Sand lizard survey sessions for volunteers who have attended training Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB
23rd April 10am-3pm Sand patch creation and sand lizard survey (Birkdale) Combined sand patch creation and sand lizard surveys Beach Car Park off Weld Road roundabout, Southport, PR8 2BX
25th April 10am-1pm Sand lizard survey (Ainsdale) Sand lizard survey sessions for volunteers who have attended training Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 2QB
3rd May 10am-1pm Sand lizard survey (Hightown) Sand lizard survey sessions for volunteers who have attended training Altcar Training Camp Gate House, Grange Rd, Hightown, L38 7JE

If you would like to get involved or would like more information, please get in touch on 01704 571 575, email [email protected] or head to the Gems in the Dunes Facebook Group. Please remember to dress appropriately and bring enough food and drink for the day.