Discover the mysteries of Sefton’s shorelines


Photo: Coconuts covered in goose barnacles / Credit Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership

What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever found on the tideline?

A beautiful shell perhaps, or a fantastically twisted piece of driftwood?

Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to discover a near mythical sea bean on the shore?

Flotsam and jetsam from the seven seas can – and does – wash up on Sefton’s sandy beaches, and we’re going to celebrate the fun and mystery of beachcombing with a one-off festival day in October.

Coconuts covered in goose barnacles, Kemp Ridley’s Turtle, octopus, exotic Triggerfish and the shells of the enigmatic Ocean Quahog have all come ashore in recent years – but you never know what you’ll discover on the tideline.

The free Beachcombing Festival will take place at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, October 30th, when we’ll have a host of experts on hand to explain what can be found on our coastline and what lurks under the waves offshore.


Archaeologists, naturalists, curators and historians will be joining us to share their knowledge of the treasures of the Sefton coast.

Find out about tideline bones – how do you age them and where might they come from?

Learn about the birdlife on our shoreline and the animals that live beneath the waves…and the intertidal archaeology of the coast. So if you want to know the difference between “beach heroes” and “beech mast”, please call in to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre for the Beachcombing Festival.  Why not bring along your best and most mysterious finds for the experts to have a look at?

We hope it’ll be like the “Antiques Roadshow” except with infinitely more sand and seaweed – please come along and join in the fun.

We’ll be assisted at the festival by friends from The Atkinson in Southport; Lancashire Wildlife Trust; the RSPB, Historic England and the CITiZAN community archaeology team, who will be bringing along a variety of displays and information.

And we’ll also lead a free beachcombing walk at 11.30am on October 30th, setting off from Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, to see what can be found after high tide – who knows what we might find?


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