We’ve previously discussed the spartina grass that is growing strongly down on Hoylake beach. If you don’t know what it is, here’s a photo of it taken last September.
It’s not a new problem though as the above press cutting from 1965 indicates. Vaughan Williams (Chairman, Hoylake Community Centre) sent me the article in which he is pictured spraying the spartina grass with a chemical. Vaughan says:
…a photo from a 1965 Hoylake News and Advertiser of myself and colleague doing holiday job for the old HBC spraying the ‘spartina menace’ which was then beginning to colonise the beach between Red Rocks and West Kirby – didn’t do any good there either – particularly as they frequently dropped us there at high tide as I recall! No idea what we were spraying – probably highly toxic.
Much of that area mentioned between Red Rocks and West Kirby is now a nature reserve called Red Rocks Marsh (more information), including a sectioned-off area for the rare natterjack toads. You can use the board walk to walk (or run as I sometimes do – it’s not all boards by the way) between Red Rocks and West Kirby beach. You can also turn off the board walk onto the public footpath that takes you across the golf course to Pinfold Lane, just off Meols Drive.
So the spartina grass was a problem 45 years ago; evidently it is stubborn stuff.