Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR – Flagship Species Part 2

Following on from the first of our flagship species (the sand lizard), for the second part of this blog series, we look at a voracious hunter found at Ainsdale NNR and along the wider Sefton Coast – the northern dune tiger beetle.  These colourful beetles are currently flying out and about at the moment on … Continue reading Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR – Flagship Species Part 2

Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR – Flagship Species Part 1

The Ainsdale NNR is home to a number of rare and endangered fauna considered flagship species for the open dune habitat along the Sefton Coast .  These dune specialists include the sand lizard, natterjack toad, vernal mining bee and the northern dune tiger beetle.  The reserve is managed with the idiosyncrasies of these charismatic creatures … Continue reading Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR – Flagship Species Part 1

Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR – Mad about the Moss

The Sefton Coast has been popular with bryologists since the Victorian era with voucher specimen collections dating back to 1855.  In the days when the dune system was more mobile, the area was known for its rare dune slack specialist mosses and liverworts1. The area has been subject to many bryophyte surveys from 1995 to … Continue reading Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR – Mad about the Moss