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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Ainsdale is a popular family beach, situated between Southport and Formby. It is a wide, sandy beach, backed by sand dunes and a Local Nature Reserve.


Some activities require permits, such as use of the Kite Zone. The bathing area is between the red/yellow flags when the RNLI beach lifeguards are on duty. BBQ’s are not permitted. Local byelaws apply. Wildlife watching is very popular.

Wildlife and Walks

The Sefton Coast is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to many rare and protected plants, animals and habitats. Natterjack Toads, Sand Lizards, numerous birds, butterflies and insects and over 1000 species of plants and wild flowers.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Ainsdale

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Parking is available on the beach after paying a parking fee. The access is at Shore Road near Pontins. Beach parking can be restricted by high tides.

Dog restrictions


Dog and horse exclusion zone for 200m either side of Shore Road and beyond the beach parking area. Please clear all dog

Beach cleaning

Ainsdale is mechanically cleansed, and there are additional manual cleansing staff in the summer.


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