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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Southport is a busy seaside resort and is popular with families. The beach is north of Ainsdale and is near the mouth of the River Ribble. It is a wide, shallow, flat, clean and sandy beach, with a very large tidal range. The rear edge is flanked by a promenade and it also has a pier.


There are many activities available at or near Southport Beach and pier amusements. There are many attractions here, including: Pleasureland, Dunes Leisure Centre, Ocean Plaza, Kings Gardens, Eco Centre, miniature railway, shopping / retail, Marshside RSPB, and numerous restaurants.

Wildlife and Walks

Southport Beach is part of the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also internationally important for many bird species and estuarine habitats. Marshside RSPB nature reserve is not far away and Southport Beach itself is adjacent to Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve and the Queens Jubilee Nature Trail.

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.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
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 Southport

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



Parking is available on the beach after paying a parking fee (beach parking can be closed due to high tide). The access is via Marine Drive; PR8 1SB.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are not permitted on the beach 1st May - 30th September.

Beach cleaning



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