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Freshfield Squirrel Reserve

#3 of 9 things to do in Formby Features Animals
Lifeboat Road, Formby L37 2EB, England
+44 1704 878591
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Great place

Spent a lovely afternoon at this unique National Trust location. Visitors can walk through the pine... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gloucester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Very disappointed

What used to be a wonderful place to walk,relax & see loads of red squirrels,which were really... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Andrew M
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Lifeboat Road, Formby L37 2EB, England
+44 1704 878591
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spent a lovely afternoon at this unique National Trust location. Visitors can walk through the pine forest and almost always see red squirrels busy investigating the feeding cafes for goodies. There are places to picnic and you can get ice creams and other snacks and...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What used to be a wonderful place to walk,relax & see loads of red squirrels,which were really tame,has become too commercialised,traffic queues for hours to reach the car park which was full to the brim & it was a system of when one car left...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited on a Sunday- major roadworks made it impossible to find the way to the car park. We parked at the railway station and walked. The queue of cars to get into the official car park was horrendous and £6 charge! Absolutely heaving with people...More

Thank hilarymccavish
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to go with little ones, so much to do 😄 we went to the beach first and then went on a squirrel hunt and all outdoors, the sun was shining and we saw 2 squirrels, the rest were asleep in the sun. so...More

Thank Waterlooers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely location with lots of beautiful red squirrels going about their business. Took some great photos of them who come up really close. Try and go at feeding time and you can ask questions. Just a short walk to the beach from here with a...More

Thank 4ndyJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A reserve managed by the National Trust. Car park charges apply. A great place to visit to get up close to red squirrels​. Covers an extensive area with varied flora and habitat.

Thank Gaijin-tanuki
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Who wouldn't want to see Squirrel Nutkin? We did one of the longer walks around the area, and right at the end, five minutes before leaving Squirrel Wood, and returning to the car, we saw a couple of reds, capering in the canopy. Squirrel Wood...More

1  Thank Idler
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We enjoyed watching the squirrels. It is easier to see them if you wait quietly. In winter they can be lured out with peanuts. They are easily scared off by dogs and noisy children (or adults)

Thank Margaret G
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Some great walks through the woods and around the beach. Many different ways to walk and discover new things. Managed to see 3 red squirrels and plenty of other wildlife along the way. Great scenery.

Thank Alderado
Reviewed 11 May 2017

yes it might take a while to see one but the red squirrels are there .We only saw about 3 but better than none ! nice big car park with toilets .Sadly the £6 car park fee seemed a little high but we did have...More

1  Thank Barbara R
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Lorraine M
Is there anywhere near here to get drink and food with the children
31 May 2017|
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Response from Mark O | Reviewed this property |
We have a dog and found the Freshfield pub a great place to eat and if you was visiting with just children I'm sure you would enjoy the pub
James h
Whats the best time of year to visit the squirrels to get the most sightings?
2 January 2017|
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Response from CathyGilman | Reviewed this property |
Autumn when they are busy collecting and burying food for the Winter and from 8.30 in the morning as well as when the volunteers feed them at about 9.30am.
Access for mobility,very limited walking? Use wheelchair
11 August 2016|
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Response from tinman48 | Reviewed this property |
Wheelchair are fine, but keep to the squirrel enclosures.