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Hilbre Island, Wirral

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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Hilbre Island is the largest of a group of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee, the border between England and Wales at this point. The island is administratively part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. It is a Local Nature Reserve and is within the estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest. As of 2012, the island has no permanent residents.Location and characterHilbre Island is approximately 11.5acre in area, and lies about 1mi from Red Rocks, the nearest part of the mainland of the Wirral Peninsula. The other two islands are Middle Eye (or in older sources Middle Island and on Ordnance Survey maps Little Hilbre), which is about 3acre in size and Little Eye, which is considerably smaller. All three islands are formed of red Bunter sandstone. The main island and Middle Eye are less than a hundred yards apart.Hilbre Island is one of 43 (unbridged) tidal islands that can be reached on foot from the mainland of Great Britain. The island can be reached on foot from the mainland at low tide; this is a popular activity with tourists, especially during the summer months. Little Eye and Middle Eye are both unpopulated, but Hilbre Island has a few houses, some of which are privately owned.
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  • The island, a day trip is worth when you're in the area. Beautiful view, you have a great round rum look, especially towards Wales. With luck, you can see many grey seals on the sand bank.
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  • Enjoyed the day however we did get very wet and dirty trainers and jeans would of been a better idea to wear wellies. The walk is quite far but doable however once on the island there is nothing there...  read more »
  • We set out last Saturday at low tide and walked across the sands to this lovely little island. Upon reaching middle eye the seals could be clearly seen basking on a sandbank in the Dee estuary, there ...  read more »
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