Coastline Event to Focus on Heritage; Experts Talk on Natural Beauty

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Byline: DEBORAH JAMES

ENVIRONMENT, history and archaeology experts are to speak at an authoritative new conference to promote the heritage and conservation of Sefton's 22-mile coastline.

The event is being organised by Sefton Coast Partnership in a bid to raise awareness and boost tourism along the borough's world-renowned areas of Special Scientific Interest and outstanding natural beauty.

Delegates to the event, at Formby Hall Golf Club, will hear talks on a wide range of topics, including the shore and moss lands in prehistoric times, the origins of Britain's first lifeboat service at Formby, human influence on the Sefton dune landscape, fishing and farming.

One of the aims is to promote future conservation of the area, famous for its protected species including natterjack toads, red squirrels and sand lizards.

Dr Reg Yorke, chair of the SCP's History and Archaeology Task Group, will speak about the history of the site through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Last night he told the Daily Post: ``Many people are aware of the diverse wildlife and natural habitats which Sefton harbours.

``But this conference will also look at the cultural history of the coast which has played an important part in its development.

``We want to look, in a jargon free way, at how human intervention has impacted on the Sefton shoreline over the years, and encourage people to continue to conserve this important resource for future generations. ''

The welcome address will be delivered by Ceri Jones, assistant director of planning and economic regeneration for Sefton Council.

Two main speakers will be Ron Cowell, curator of Prehistoric Archaeology at National Museums Liverpool, and his colleague Rob Philpott, curator of Roman and Later Archaeology at NML, who will talk about research into searching for lost settlements in the area. …