• Road closures affecting Marshside Reserve

    On Sunday 15 June, Marine Drive will be closed from 7am to 11am from the Plough roundabout, Crossens to Weld Road, Southport due to the Southport Triathlon event.

    Marshside Road and Hesketh Drive will remain open, with normal parking restrictions applying on these roads. So please refrain from parking on Marshside Road.

    The reserve will be open as usual for pedestrians only though. There will be NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO…

    • 27 May 2014
  • Visitor centre closed on Thursday 27 March 2014

    Unfortunately the visitor centre (Sandgrounders hide) will be closed from 8.30am until 1pm on thursday 27 March.

    Nels hide, fairclough's platform, the viewing screens and trails will all remain open.



    • 26 Mar 2014
  • Get ready for the big wildlife count at Marshside

    Join us at the Visitor centre (Sandgrounders hide) at Marshside reserve on Sunday 19 January or find us at the Atkinson in Southport on Saturday 18 January, 11am to 3pm both days, in preparation for big garden bird watch. Bring the family along to make pine cone bird feeders and brush up on your identification skills for the Big Garden Bird Watch on the 25-26 January.

    • 15 Jan 2014
  • Big tide walk cancelled

    Unfortunately due to the met office weather warning for high winds, that has been issued, we have had to cancel the guided walk at Marshside on Thursday 5th December. The reserve and visitor centre will be open as usual.

    Please keep an eye on the reserve web page though as events for 2014 will be posted shortly.

    • 5 Dec 2013
  • New pool at Marshside attracts an american visitor

    A drake american wigeon was seen yesterday on rimmers marsh enjoying the new pool we have recently created.

    Ron Jackson managed to film the bird yesterday from Nel's hide, click here to view it.  

    Ron also has footage of the ross's goose at Marshside which has been seen on Sutton's marsh from the visitor centre (Sangrounder's hide). Click here to view it.

    • 14 Nov 2013
  • Glossy ibis

    Three glossy ibis still showing well on Rimmers marsh. Best seen from Marshside road about half way down. It is a short easy walk from the car park and who knows what else you might see on the way.

    Please be considerate to other visitors and avoid parking on the footpath. 

    • 30 Oct 2013
  • Alternative air show

    This weekend is Southport's air show which may result in a big increase in traffic getting in and out of Southport, especially passed the reserve.

    For an alternative air show why not visit the reserve and saltmarsh during the high tides next week (Thursday to Sunday) to catch sight of the wader flocks as they escape the incoming tides or the predators such as marsh harriers and peregrines looking for an easy meal…

    • 12 Sep 2013
  • Life as a Reserve Warden Intern

    It's strange to think that I have been volunteering at RSPB Marshside for nearly 6/7 years on and off now and I am still coming back for more enjoyment. Working alongside the past Warden of the reserve and now working with the present warden and site manager I have been able to digest an awful amount of useful information and skills with reference to reserve wardening.

    Before this post gets to in-depth I thought…

    • 2 Sep 2013
  • Waders and Water voles

    Join us this Sunday for a guided walk around the reserve looking for water voles and waders.

    We will be visiting some likely water vole areas, hoping to see them or their obvious signs. We will also be watching for waders and brushing up on wader identification skills.

    The walk starts at 11am from the Visitor centre (Sandgrounders hide) and costs £3 for members / £5 for non-members (under 18's free)


    • 2 May 2013
  • Step up for Nature

    Enjoy the spring like weather and join staff and volunteers with a spot of litter picking out on the saltmarsh.

    We are running a step up for nature beach cleaning day tomorrow (Thursday 4 April) and we need your help.

    The event is running from 11am to 4pm starting from the car park on Marine Drive. It is a drop-in event, you don't need to stay all day, just half an hour would really help!

    Tools and training will…

    • 3 Apr 2013
  • Avocet islands finished just in time

    Staff and volunteers have been working hard to get the islands in front of the visitor centre (sandgrounders hide) in tip top condition before the start of this years breeding season.

    Early on in the winter the islands were strimmed and cleared of last years vegetation. We have now finished them all off with a new fresh layer of cockle shells. The main island directly in front of the centre has also been backbreakingly…

    • 10 Mar 2013
  • Great views and good excuses to buy new binoculars

    There were great views of the great white egret in front of the visitor centre (Sandgrounders hide) over the weekend.

    Today the lapwings, golden plover and black-tailed godwits were showing well in good numbers instead.

    Don't forget if you need to update your binoculors or just want to try out the latest RSPB stock, head to the visitor centre (sandgrounders hide) tomorrow where Julie from the Ribble Discovery Centre…

    • 12 Feb 2013
  • Road closure, advance warning

    Please be aware that due to a 10k charity race in Southport on Sunday 10 February a number of roads will be closed around the reserve.

    Marshside Road, Hesketh Road and Marine Drive will all be closed from 7.30am to 1pm.

    THE RESERVE WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL; there will be access to the car park and reserve via Marine Drive from the north only (Plough roundabout at Crossens).

    Merseyside police officers will be controlling…

    • 29 Jan 2013
  • Alternative Air Shows at Marshside

    Click here to find out more about our Air Show with a difference.

    • 10 Oct 2012
  • Knots fear not

    The big ‘spring’ tides of the autumn blow in again soon (seasons can get confusing can't they!) and the birds are even more mobile than usual.

    On the September spring tides our Marshside guided walk participants enjoyed some great close-up views of knots and dunlins out on the estuary.  I wonder if the bird in the photo was just too tired to fly away after its incredible journey from perhaps as far away…

    • 5 Oct 2012
  • Superb sparrowhawk

    Here are a few photos taken yesterday of this very obliging juvenile sparrowhawk. The photos were taken from the Visitor Centre (Sandgrounders hide) where it spent most of the morning, either feeding on a previous kill or resting to let it's food go down with a good preen as well.





    • 24 Sep 2012
  • Blue winged teal photos as promised

    As promised here are a couple of photos taken by local birder Neill Hunt who spotted the bird first. Thanks Neill.

    • 17 Sep 2012
  • Marshside first?

    It was certainly a first for me! Blue winged teal at Junction pool screen today at midday doing exactly what it says in the book; associating with shovelers. Consensus from the birding crowd was that it was an adult female. According to BTO the last record of these American birds turning up in the area was in 1992. Photo hopefully to follow shortly. 

    Mainly large numbers of Black-tailed godwits on Suttons marsh with a few…

    • 16 Sep 2012
  • Everyday changes

    I just paused on the coast road to look across the vastness of the estuary in the hope of either the short-eared owl seen last week or one of the marsh harriers (a male is around as well as a few juveniles).  Quite sensibly, raptors were not bothering to fly in what was turning into quite a gale.  What I did see was quite as marvellous – a flock of 110 swallows tightly bunched and swooping low over the sea aster. 

    • 14 Sep 2012
  • MEP visits world class wildlife site

    MEP Jacqueline Foster meets Tony Baker RSPBJacqueline Foster MEP has been to visit one of Europe’s most important sites for wildlife.

    On Friday 20th July, the MEP for North West England, experienced the wealth of bird life currently residing at RSPB’s Marshside reserve, near Southport on the Ribble Estuary.

    Protected under European Union law, RSPB Marshside is vital as a stopover for thousands of migratory water birds making their way south to sunnier…

    • 13 Aug 2012
  • Member of the European Parliament meets European wildlife

    Member of the European Parliament meets European wildlife
    The sand-winning works that used to dominate the Southport seafront near Marshside has long since vanished, but on Tuesday 7th August Brian Simpson MEP was delighted to see that shovelers were still around at Marshside.
    Brian and his wife had come to visit RSPB’s Marshside reserve where shoveler ducks, a summer visitor to the UK that overwinters in southern Europe…

    • 13 Aug 2012
  • Spring tides hit the Ribble

    Visitors are invited to the RSPB’s Marshside and Hesketh Out Marsh nature reserves to witness the high “spring” tides and the spectacular wildlife spectacle they bring to the Ribble estuary. 

    Spring tides actually occur every month but are particularly large in both spring and autumn. An increase in the moon’s gravitational pull takes the tide both further in and further out, completely flooding the…

    • 7 Mar 2012
  • Avocets are back!

    Two Avocets arrived back at the reserve today. They were first seen in front of Sandgrounders hide on Suttons Marsh this morning but have since moved over to Rimmers Marsh and can be seen from Nels hide or the half way screen.

    • 27 Feb 2012
  • Hedge-laying at Marshside

    R SPB Marshside’s regular volunteers had a helping hand on Sunday from a team of enthusiasts from the Wirral Countryside Volunteers.  The WCV brought along some experienced hedge-layers to lay a section of hawthorn hedge alongside Marshside Road which crosses the Nature Reserve. The hedgerow, which was planted by RSPB staff some fifteen years ago has now reached the ideal size for laying.  

    Hedge-laying is a traditional…

    • 27 Feb 2012

    We carry out this kind of management on most of our reserves every year but we sometimes forget that it is not familiar to everyone and can shock and upset some of our visitors.

    The scrub around the fringes of the reserve is an important habitat for some of our smaller birds as well as for a lot of other wildlife.  We manage the habitat with two key bird species in mind, linnet and reed bunting, as well as for all the…

    • 22 Feb 2012