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The Hilbre Islands Local Nature Reserve is contained within the Dee Estuary on the north west coast of England. The Dee Estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Ramsar Site which is a Wetland of International Importance and a candidate EU Special Area of Conservation.
The three tidal islands, Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre Island and the surrounding foreshores, are the freehold property of, and managed by, the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.

The Friends of Hilbre was formed in 2001 and our membership is approximately 150. Our intention is to help the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral maintain these beautiful islands. 

    Aims of The Friends of Hilbre:

  • To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of Hilbre Islands Local Nature Reserve for the benefit of the public.

  • To provide funds, volunteer help, educational facilities and other related charitable goods and services

  •  To offer practical help under the guidance of the appropriate officer of the Local Authority.

Both the November 2018 and February 2019 Newsletters are now available - CLICK HERE.

For dates of Hilbre Open Days and Seal Watch Days for 2019 - CLICK HERE.

NEW - Blog about the Archaelogical Dig on Hilbre Island started July 2016.

e-mail address:
Charity Reg. No: 1103822
All material in this web site is Copyright of The Friends of Hilbre unless clearly stated.


Rock Sea Lavender

Atlantic Grey Seal

Greenland Wheatear

Credits for images: Hilbre Island: R. Smith,  Hilbre Cross: S. Craggs, Rock Sea Lavender: C. Jones   
Greenland Wheatear: S. Williams  
Atlantic Grey Seal: Turtle Photography, Abersoch