which seemed to stretch for as a far as the eye could see, the only footprints we could see were these...
which even a Hodmandod was able to date as probably more recent than Neolithic.
However the day was not a failure because behind the sand dunes there is an unusual and recent pine forest (about 100 years old) which turns out to be...
the ideal habitat for red squirrels and is the best place to see them in the UK.
They were surprsingly tame, running out quite close to us to recover nuts and adopting the typical squirrel-eating-nut pose. They did seem to be a bit thin and weedy-looking though, and their tails seemed decidedly unbushy. We put this down to too much sleeping and not enough eating over winter.
We intend to go back again to Formby - and this time join a guided tour because I think that is the only chance we'd have of spotting the footprints - which I think would be very exciting to see.