Wirral Council's Environmental Health team monitors:

  • Ozone (O3)
  • Nitrogen Oxides (NO2 & NO)
  • Benzene (C6H6)
  • Particulates (PM2.5)

The National air quality objectives and European Directive limit specify target values to protect human health.

Each year the council presents an update on local air quality by submitting an Annual Status Report (ASR) to the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  The most recent ASR reports can be viewed below: 

View monitoring results for:

View a list of the locations of council air quality monitoring points in Wirral.

View information on Automatic Urban Rural Network (AURN) monitoring stations:

Smoke from Vehicles

If you have a complaint about smoke from a commercial diesel vehicle - like a bus or lorry - contact the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency.

Report smoke from taxis to Wirral Council's Licensing Section


How can I help improve air quality in Wirral?

You could consider making small changes to your daily life, such as walking or cycling instead of driving, particularly for short journeys.  You could also consider car sharing (e.g. when driving to and from work) and reducing vehicle emissions by not letting vehicle engines idle (i.e. switching off a vehicle engine when it is stationary/parked).