Stunning wildlife displays, a beautifully flat coast line with amazing views and a rich maritime and agricultural history, make Fleetwood and Cleveleys a great area to explore with your camera.

If birdlife sparks your interest then take a trip out to the award winning Wyre Estuary Country Park, an area of Special Scientific Interest in terms of migrating and feeding birds, get an early morning start by enjoying a break at The Shard Riverside Inn. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the coastal paths and breathe in the fresh sea air while you stop a moment to admire the stunning views across Morecambe Bay.

The new tower at Rossall Point is also perfect for wildlife photography, providing both height and shelter from the elements; and the view at sunset across the bay is a moment to capture.

Did you know an incredible 1.5 million waders spend the winter on the UK's tidal mudflats. That's nearly half of all Europe's population!

The Ribble Coast and Wetlands is being developed as a new destination where you can enjoy peace and tranquillity in a patchwork of stunning wetland landscapes with an abundance of birdlife. This wonderful secret can be discovered around the Ribble Estuary, and stretches along the coast from Southport to Lytham St Annes which face each other across the glistening water. The area also rejoices in natural inland attractions to the south of the estuary and up the river to the east of Preston.

Further inland between the fields, in the area that used to be the largest lake in England, you can find yourself in pockets of woodland, wet meadows, reed beds, sandy heaths, and smaller lakes that are home to internationally significant numbers of ducks, geese, swans and wading birds.

There are also special reserves and visitor attractions where everyone is made welcome such as Lancashire Wildlife Trust Brockholes Wetland Nature Reserve, Longton Brickroft Nature Reserve and WWT Martin Mere Wetlands Centre who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year.

And when you've been inspired by nature, relax in one of the many teashops and cafes, or visit farm shops and craft centres for local produce or that special gift.




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