Sites of Biological Importance

There are 70 Sites of Biological Importance (SBI's) in Wirral.

These non-statutory sites are protected through the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) process.  

Since the adoption of the UDP in 2000 the sites have continued to be surveyed on a rolling basis, initially by Wirral Wildlife, with the assistance of other specialist wildlife groups, and more recently by the Wirral Local Wildlife Sites Partnership, established in 2007.

This identified a number of proposed changes to the original schedule of sites, including the removal of sites which no longer meet the criteria for inclusion and the addition of new sites which now meet the criteria for inclusion. 

The Council has recently agreed the revised schedule of SBIs, as a material consideration for use by Planning Committee in the determination of individual planning applications.

You can download more information about the SBI review process.

A list of the Sites of Biological Importance in Wirral is set out below. You can dowload a map showing the location and boundaries of the SBI by following the links.

1 - Royal Liverpool Golf Course, Hoylake
2 - Grange Hill, West Kirby
3 - Caldy Hill, West Kirby
4 - Stapledon Wood, West Kirby

5 - Newton Common, West Kirby
6 - Caldy Golf Course
7 - Caldy Hospital Grounds
9 - Irby Quarry
11 - Harrock Wood, Irby
12 - Backford Road Pond, Irby

13 - Royden Park, Frankby
15 - Wirral Way (Caldy-Heswall)
16 - Wirral Way (Heswall-Borough Boundary)
18 - The Dungeon, Thurstaston
19 - Piper's Lane, Heswall

20 - Quarry Road East, Heswall
21 - Heswall Beacons
22 - Wittering Lane, Heswall
23 - Bush Way, Heswall

24 - Gayton Wood
25 - Gayton Hall Wood
26 - Backwood Hall Farm, Gayton
28 - Benty Heath Lane Ponds, Raby
29 - Willaston Copse, Raby
30 - Barnston Dale
31 - Murrayfield Hospital, Thingwall
32 - Manor Wood, Thornton Hough

33 - Thornton Hough Ponds
34 - Stanley Wood, Landican Lane, Storeton
35 - Rake Hey Covert Pond, Brimstage
36 - Arrowe Park
37 - Limbo Lane Pond, Irby
38 - Arrowe Brook Farm Ponds, Greasby
39 - Greasby Copse and Ponds
40 - Storeton Wood, Higher Bebington

41 - Old Sewage Works, Clatterbridge
42 - Thornton Common
43 - Raby Mere
44 - The Marfords, Brookhurst
45 - Bromborough Golf Course Ponds
46 - Hargrave House Farm Ponds, Brookhurst

47 - Plymyard Dale, Brookhurst
48 - Lowfields, Eastham
49 - Holm Hill, West Kirby
50 - Eastham Woods

51 - Old Hall Road Woods, Bromborough
53 - New Ferry Butterfly Park
55 - Burrell Road, Prenton

56 - Wirral Ladies Golf Course, Noctorum
57 - Bidston Hill
59A - Wallasey Golf Course
59B - Leasowe Gun Site

60 - Old Birket, Leasowe
61 - Leasowe Pond
62 - Bidston Marsh
63 - Sandbrook Lane Pond, Upton

64 - Paulsfield Drive Woodland, Overchurch
65 - Overchurch Park Woodland, Upton
66 - Leasowe Common

67 - Meols Field
68 - Pasture Farm Ponds, Moreton
69 - Upton Bridge Wood
70 - Colley's Farm, Thurstaston
71 - Prenton Dell and Claypit

72 - Former RAF Camp, Greasby
73 - Lower Heath Wood, Thingwall
74 - Tom’s Paddock, Clatterbridge
75 - The Rectory, Thurstaston
76 - Former Hotel Victoria, Lower Heswall
77 - Manor Farm, Frankby

Local Geological Sites

You can view information about Local Geological Sites elsewhere in this section of the website.