The Hilbre Islands are situated at the mouth of the Dee Estuary, which is one of the ten most important estuaries in Europe for overwintering wildfowl and waders. Hilbre Islands are also important as a stopping-off point for the twice-yearly migration of birds along the west coast of Britain. On the island is the Hilbre Island Bird Observatory.
Visit the Friends Of Hilbre website for more information.
Important information please read:
Groups are restricted to 50 people and permits are required in advance for any group of 6 or more persona. These are allocated on a strictly first come basis, and you may find that your chosen day is already booked. Contact nos. for Information & Advice: Wirral Country Park 0151 648 4371/3884 .The Islands are cut off from the mainland by the tide for up to four hours out of every 12. If you are planning a visit, you must allow yourself enough time to leave Hilbre at least three hours before high water, or long if any of your party walks slowly. It takes about one hour to cross the 2 miles to Hilbre.
Before visiting Hilbre Islands please remember to ring ahead of your visit for tidal times - 0151 648 4371 or 0151 648 3884. Tide tables can also be purchased locally and are on display at Dee Lane slipway. You can also get an idea of the tide times here.
Whilst on the Island, it is important to remember that there are no shops, public toilets or any fresh water on the islands, and very little shelter. Suitable footwater should always be worn, and always carry waterproofs and warm clothing.
The West Hoyle sandbank, to the west of Hilbre, provides a haul-out for quite large numbers of Grey Seals, and these can be seen swimming around the islands most days of the year. Whales and dolphins have also been sighted off the island
Hilbre Islands are a unique experience, and are ideal for people who enjoy exploring new areas, or for nature lovers. The views across the Dee Estuary are truly beautiful, and opportunities to see such rare wildlife are exceptional at Hilbre.
For Boat Trips with Wirral Sailing Centre please click here
For more information about discovering the Hilbre Islands and Wirral please go to the Islands of England website.