Situated on the Sefton coast, just north of Liverpool, the National Trust owned Freshfield reserve is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Northern England. The reserve offers visitors an oppurtunity to explore the beach, sand dunes and coastal pine woodland. Within the stands of Corsican and Scots pine is a large population of wild red squirrels.

However, unlike most other populations, the Formby animals are so used to people that they can be fed by hand. Red squirrels will frequently approach within a few feet of visitors, indeed it is not uncommon for the little creatures to take peanuts from the palm of your hand. The red squirrel population typically numbers 3-4 adult squirrels per hectare making it possible to see several animals together.

The Reserve is open all year during daylight hours. The entrance fee is £2.70 per car.