Natural Areas and Greenspaces

Leasowe LighthouseWirral has over 1,500 hectares of public open space. Listed below are the main areas greenspaces and natural interest:

Bidston Hill

Rising to 231 feet Bidston Hill is one of the highest points on the Wirral. Its 100 acres of heathland and woodland contain mysterious rock carvings and historic buildings, as well as being a haven for wildlife amidst the urban sprawl.

Wildlife

The poor, well drained soil of Bidston supports a heathland community of plants including Common Heather or 'Ling'. Together with the coconut-scented Gorse, Silver Birch and Scots Pine trees, these four plants dominate the top of the hill where the soil is very shallow.

Linnets and Long-tailed Tits sometimes nest among the gorse while Kestrels may be seen hunting for small mammals. Green Woodpeckers often feed on the grassy areas or on the dead Silver Birch trees.

The woodland does support a good variety of birdlife such as the mouse-like Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatches - all birds that require some dead or decaying wood for food or nesting holes.

Bidston Windmill

This brick built tower mill replaced a wooden 'peg' mill that was destroyed by fire in 1793, and was used to grind corn into flour for 75 years up until 1875. Although access was difficult for a horse and cart laden with sacks of grain or flour the top of the hill was the ideal place to catch the wind. In fact, it is believed that there has been a windmill on this site since 1596.

The Hill can be reached by bus or train (Bidston railway Station is approximately half a mile away). Alternatively a car park is situated off Boundary Road near to Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm where toilets, information and refreshments can be found, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day.

Dibbinsdale

A hidden valley of ancient woodland. Good area for bird watching. Telephone: 0151 334 9851.

Flaybrick Memorial Gardens

Flaybrick Memorial Gardens (formerly Flaybrick Cemetery) is Wirral's finest Victorian cemetery.

Opened on the 30th May 1864 it is the final resting place of many of Wirral's famous and interesting people.

Set in 26 acres of landscaped gardens containing a great variety of memorial architecture with inscriptions relating to events both local and world-wide it makes an interesting and different way to study Birkenhead and Wirral's social history.

Guided walks and self guided trails are available for many different interests. For more information contact the Ranger, telephone 0151 653 9332 or visit the Friends of Flaybrick website.

Heswall Dales

Heathland and Woodland with views out over the Dee Estuary marshes. Part of the area is managed by Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Telephone: 0151 342 7088.

Hilbre Islands

Three tidal islands in the mouth of the Dee Estuary. Groups larger than five members need a permit to visit the islands. Access from Dee Lane, West Kirby at low tide only.

NB: It is essential to check tide times before attempting to cross to the islands. Telephone: 0151 648 4371.

Royden Park and Thurstaston Common

200 acres of heathland and woodland partially owned by the National Trust. Telephone: 0151 677 7594.

Stapledon Woods and Caldy Hill

Caldy Hill is an area of lowland heath and mixed deciduous woodland, located on a sandstone outcrop overlooking the Dee estuary.

The whole area, including that of Stapledon Woods, covers 250 acres - of which 13 acres are owned by the National Trust.

Horse riding is allowed on Fleck Lane and Kings Drive bridleway; it is also allowed around the periphery of Grange Hill. Cycling is permitted on the bridleways.

The hill and woodland can be reached by bus or train via West Kirby. Car parking is along Column Road or at Kings Drive North. Telephone: 0151 648 4371.

North Wirral Coastal Park

Linear Park stretching four miles along the North Wirral coast. Small visitor centre in the 18th century lighthouse at Leasowe. Telephone: 0151 648 4371.