The Sefton coastline lies between the estuaries of the Mersey and the Ribble. It stretches 36 km from Waterloo through Crosby, Formby, Ainsdale through to Southport.
At its southern end on Crosby beach is the spectacular sculpture by Antony Gormley, Another Place consists of 100 cast iron life size figures gazing out to sea. They are spread out over 3 km of Crosby beach and extend almost one kilometre out to sea.
Heading north from the coastguard station in Crosby there is an area of sand dunes which are a haven for flora and fauna.
This is where I like to wander.
The warm sunshine over the past few days had encouraged the second brood of the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly to emerge and I was amazed to see so many down the dunes.
It was a chance to try out some close up photography.
The Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Aglais urticae