The Friends of Hilbre Island

The summer holidays are finally here!  Where better to go than an island.... free and healthy. Check the tide times below and head out and enjoy yourselves.

Next open day Sunday 21st August


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.


Enjoying a safe visit


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.



Planning a visit to Hilbre Islands

Check the weather.


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 or toilet, so go to the toilet before you leave! Stick to the paths and keep clear of the crumbling cliff edges.


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


"Look deeply into nature and you will understand everything better" Albert Einstein

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Hilbre Islands; a perfect day out


The Friends of Hilbre

Preserving and promoting the Islands

The Friends of Hilbre welcome all new members and thank present members for their continued interest and support.

Members receive The Friends of Hilbre newsletters every 3 months, including updates of events by email. 

Membership runs from May 1st to April 30th and can be either;

Annual,  £10

or Lifetime.£100

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Enjoy a day's hard work on the islands helping to conserve them for other visitors

Friends of Hilbre Members: Volunteering on Task Days

 It is great fun taking part in activities on the Hilbre islands. However the islands are cut off from the mainland, by the tide twice a day and there are steep cliffs and tidal gullies.

The advice and precautions below will help you to have a safe, comfortable and enjoyable time on Hilbre. 
•    Due to insurance restrictions all volunteers must be members of the Friends of Hilbre and over the age of 18 to work on Tasks Days. If you wish to join the Friends of Hilbre please e-mail Barbara, our Membership Secretary, for an Application for Membership Form at: infohilbreisland@gmaill.com
•    If it is your first time volunteering please make yourself known to the task leader, at the meeting point at Dee Lane slipway, West Kirby, or email 

infohilbreisland@gmaill.com and we will make sure that we look out for you.
•    Please keep to the  ’meet’ and ’leave’  times stated  when volunteering for Tasks Days on Hilbre Island to ensure a safe crossing to and from the islands.
•    Information boards, by the slipway in West Kirby, show the daily safe crossing times and the safe route to walk to the islands.
•    Public toilets are found in the building near Dee Lane slipway, West Kirby should you wish to use them before crossing to Hilbre. There are composting toilets on the island.
•    There is no drinking water on the island. Please bring enough to drink for the day (not alcohol!!) and a snack. Bring warm clothing, gardening gloves and waterproofs; wellies may be a good idea!

•    Most of our work is ongoing and we draw on our database of volunteers for the appropriate work in-hand.

Collecting Donations

Fundraising Opportunities

With more money we could work towards improving the toilets, and restoring the telegraph room and shelters

Contact  Friends of Hilbre Island

Get in touch with Hilbre Island to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.


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