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The Friends of Hilbre Island

 A safe picnic on Hilbre is great way to stay fit and enjoy winter.

Gift membership to a friend. £10 annually or £100 for life membership

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About the Islands

The Hilbre Islands Local Nature Reserve is contained within the Dee Estuary on the north west coast of England. The Dee Estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Ramsar Site which is a Wetland of International Importance and a candidate EU Special Area of Conservation. 
The three tidal islands, Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre Island and the surrounding foreshores, are freehold property managed by the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral supported by the Friends of Hilbre.

Through volunteering we enjoy the islands and help keep them beautiful and fit for visitors. Why don't you join us?

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Enjoying a safe visit

QUICK GUIDE, 

Check the tide times for the day you wish to visit.

It is safe to cross from West Kirby 3 hours after high tide.

You must leave the island at least 3 hours before the next high tide.

It takes around 1.5 hours to walk from the marine lake to the main island. Check the notice board on the slipway.

DO NOT CROSS FROM HOYLAKE. 

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Planning a visit to Hilbre Islands

Check the weather.

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It is safe to cross from West Kirby 3 hours after high tide. It's often quite windy and can get very cold so take warm waterproof clothes. Walking boots or wellingtons will help you negotiate the pools and slippery rocks safely. 

You must leave the island at least 3 hours before the next high tide.

It takes around 1.5 hours to walk from the marine lake to the main island. The islands have plenty of places for a spectacular for a picnic but please take all your rubbish home. There is no fresh water oand only 2 composting toilets, so go to the toilet before you leave! Stick to the paths and keep clear of the crumbling cliff edges.

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About the Islands

Facilities: There are no shops or fresh water on the islands, and very little shelter. 
There are 2 very basic compositing toilets on the island.
Toilets are available at Dee Lane slipway 10am – 6pm in the summer months.

Clothing: Always carry waterproofs, and warm clothing, and food and hot drinks in winter.

Footwear: Wear sensible footwear as rocks, barnacles etc can cause injury.

Overnight stays: are not allowed.

Please help Protect the Wildlife: 
All plants and animals in the Local Nature Reserve are protected.
Please do not collect any living creatures, pick or damage the plants.
Please avoid disturbing the roosting birds in winter.
Please keep to the paths or rocks to avoid trampling plants or eroding soil.
Please take your litter home with you.
Fires are not allowed on the Islands, if you see a fire please dial 999.
Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times on the islands which are a Local Nature Reserve

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