About Formby

Formby is a large, sandy beach with extensive sand dunes between the beach and Formby town. There are multiple access points to the beach via boardwalks across the dunes and the beach is shallow in profile that increasingly drops off towards the sea

What we’re doing to improve bathing water quality…

United Utilities has recently upgraded Liverpool, Bromborough and Birkenhead Sewage Treatment Works in 2001. A major sewer interceptor scheme known as the Mersey Estuary Pollution Alleviation Scheme (MEPAS) was also completed to catch sewage discharges and reduce storm overflows to the Mersey. The scheme transfers sewage to Liverpool Sewage Treatment Works and has improved the water quality both in the River Mersey and at Formby.

The outfall from Liverpool Sewage Treatment Works has been extended to provide increased dilution to the discharge. Formby Sewage Treatment Works has also been upgraded to improve water quality in the River Alt, and in turn, on Formby bathing water.

Formby beach now had a two minute beach clean board!

The boards are a tool which make it easier for everyone to do their bit to look after the beach. The stations are A-boards with a holder for litter pickers and a slot for used plastic bags.

We hope that you can spare a few minutes to help look after the beach. You can find the Formby board at the bottom of the National Trust car park next to the main beach entrance.

A two minute beach clean might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things but every piece of plastic that you remove from the marine environment is no longer a danger to the animals that still live there.

Please take photos of your beach clean and share them using the hashtags #2minutebeachclean and #lovemybeach

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Think before you flush…

To avoid blockages and overflows, please put disposable products such as wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary items in the bin, not down the toilet. Remember our simple rule to only flush the 3 Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper. Nothing else should go down the loo - even if it says ‘flushable’ on the packaging!


Think before you pour…

Don’t pour kitchen fats, oils and grease down the sink as they can cause sewer blockages, which can overflow into homes, seas, rivers and lakes. And road drains often lead straight into our rivers and seas. Please only pour things down the drain that you would like to swim in!


Check your drains - it’s easier than it sounds…

Check your home or business is connected to the right drainage system. Wrongly connected plumbing could mean dirty water from toilets, dishwashers and showers going directly into your local river, lake or sea. Visit www.connectright.org for more information.


Pick up your dog’s poo and bin it…

When you’re out walking your dog, please help by picking up your dog’s poo and putting it in a bin. Please check signs and only walk your dog in designated dog-friendly areas to help protect water quality and beaches. You may be fined if you don’t remove your dog’s poo.


Check your septic tank…

If your property is connected to a septic tank, cess pit or package sewage treatment plant, please check it’s working correctly and keep it maintained. Faulty or poorly maintained systems can cause serious pollution problems.


Catch your rainwater…

Use a water butt to collect rain water for your garden and help reduce the amount of water running into surface water drains or sewers.


Put litter in the bin…

Especially food waste as it encourages birds and their poo can affect water quality. Broken bottles and cans can be dangerous for children and wildlife so please take them with you off the beach, or better still, put them in a recycling bin!


Come along to a beach clean…

There are many active local groups organising beach cleans. Head to 'Events' to find out when the next event is, and if you can’t find one we can help you set up a new LOVEmyBEACH group.


LOVEmyBEACH at work…

Speak to your employer about following some of these top tips in the workplace, such as fat traps for catering, or toilet stickers asking people to think before they flush.


Spread the word about LOVEmyBEACH

Our beaches are important and the more people helping us keep them that way, the better! Every action goes some way to cleaner seas, beaches and lakes. Lead by example and share information about your beach and how to keep it clean and please encourage your local community and businesses to LOVEmyBEACH too.

Upcoming Events

Formby beach clean

September 17, 2018

Come and join a friendly team for a beach clean at Formby to do your bit to love the beach!