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Lunt Meadows

Lunt Meadows is an entirely new 77ha wetland nature reserve, located along the River Alt in North Merseyside. Developing habitats include wet grassland, reedbed, fen and open water. The site is managed primarily for breeding waders and watervole.

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Lunt Meadows is a new wetland Nature Reserve, covering 77ha and created on what was previously intensively farmed arable land by the Environment Agency between 2012 and 2014. The site functions as a flood storage basin for the River Alt, and is managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust as a wetland nature reserve.

Habitats are currently developing and include reedbed, wet grassland, marsh and open water. The site is already of great interest for bird life, particularly waders and water fowl. Typical species include lapwing, redshank, sedge and reed warbler, barn owl and marsh harrier. Lunt Meadows also has a large population of watervole and is increasingly noteworthy for dragonflies.

An unofficial but up to date blog on bird life at Lunt Meadows can be found on facebook - Lunt Meadows and Wetlands Nature Reserve

Please note this blog is not run or controlled by Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

As well as a nature reserve, Lunt Meadows is currently the subject of an archaeological investigation by the National Museum Liverpool , as one of few surviving Mesolithic settlements. Information on finds and the site’s history can be found on the National Museums Liverpool website

As a totally new site habitats and infrastructure at Lunt Meadows are still very much developing and this will take time.

A programme of work is currently underway with support from the Landfill Communities Fund through the Veolia Environmental Trust, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. In the meantime we would advise you that paths are uneven and wellies can be required in wet periods.

If you are interested in helping us to look after Lunt Meadows please get in touch through our volunteer co-ordinator, by emailing We run a weekly practical day on the site and also need daily help checking grazing animals and with locking the gate. 

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Lunt Meadows is one of our reserves that allows well-behaved dogs on leads. Our dog-friendly reserves are featured on Bauwow, a brilliant app where pooch lovers can find great places for their pets. Click on the Bauwow logo for more details.

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Freshfield Dune Heath
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Reserve information

Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Lunt Village, near Crosby.
L29 7WL
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Opening Times
The site can be accessed openly but car parking opening times are restricted to the hours of 9.30am-6.30pm.
77.00 hectares

Walking information
A number of paths run around the reserve – these are unsurfaced and can be rough underfoot. Wellies are recommended in winter months and wet periods.
The site car park is located along Lunt Road, just outside Lunt Village towards Homer Green. It is open between the hours of 9.30am and 6.30pm daily. Please respect our staff and volunteers who lock the gates and remove your vehicle by closing time. Visitors can access the site outside these hours but will need to park by the entrance gate and walk on to the site from there. Please note – If the gate is locked visitors are requested not to park in surrounding lanes to access the reserve. This is causing a problem to local residents accessing their properties.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Adam Graham
Tel: 0151 920 3769


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