Join ARC for an Expert Day on the stunning Sefton Coast, the largest undeveloped dune system in England!

In the coastal sand dune systems you will learn about and look for the rare natterjack toad, and if we’re lucky, hear its call from up to a mile away.

You will learn about and visit the special coastal sand dunes and breeding pools that make this area an important stronghold for natterjack toads.

If weather permits, you will join the wildlife expert on a day-time search for natterjack toad spawn.

Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy a night-time survey for natterjack toads by torchlight in breeding pools.

Why Natterjack Toads?

  • Habitat loss has reduced natterjack numbers in the last hundred years.
  • Natterjack toads are now restricted to just a few areas of the UK, including the Sefton Coast.
  • ARC has helped to restore natterjack toads to 17 sites across the UK.
  • ARC is leading the fight to reverse this decline by managing habitat, advising land owners and creating pools.

Meeting Point

  • Ainsdale Discovery Centre, Southport, PR8 2QB.

What to Bring

  • Outdoor clothing as appropriate for weather.
  • Close-focus binoculars helpful but not essential.

Other Details

ARC takes care of the insurance, risk assessment, materials, permissions to access the land, and other requirements. Note: we will ensure Expert Days are carried out according to the current social distancing and other safety guidelines.

  • Dates, times and further details relevant to your tailored Expert Day will be agreed at the time of booking.

Price and Booking

  • Expert Days are being run as a fundraising initiative to support ARC and its involvement in the Back from the Brink project.
  • Our requested minimum donation is £3,000 towards completing the funding required for the Back from the Brink project. For further details please visit:
  • Please let us know of any cancellations at least 14 days prior to the booked data to avoid costs being incurred by the charity. Any cancellations after this time will be invoiced in full.

For further information and to book your Expert Day, please contact Atul Srivastava via [email protected]