Formby, Lifeboat Road
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Formby Beach at Lifeboat Road is a beautiful rural, flat, clean, sandy beach. It falls within the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest. The beach is backed by sand dunes and has views across Liverpool Bay to the Wirral and North Wales.


There are many paths to explore through the dunes and the Local Nature Reserve at Ravenmeols Sandhills. A bathing area is set out by RNLI Beach Lifeguards when they are on duty.

Wildlife and Walks

There is wildlife and habitats of international importance here - Natterjack Toads, Red Squirrels, numerous wildflowers, insects and butterflies. Neolithic remains and historic remains of the first lifeboat station in Britain can be found here.

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 Excellent

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.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

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

For more information visit

Facilities at Formby

Bins Bins



Parking is available just off Lifeboat Road, after paying the parking fee.

Dog restrictions


Byelaws - dogs must always be under control and effectually restrained. All waste must be cleared.

Beach cleaning

Litter bins are provided at the beach and at the car park. Additional staff during the summer season.


We are currently unable to display this information.