Current Projects

North West Coastal Trail

Click this link to find out more, or visit the tab in the menu bar. Please note that with the work now progressing on the England Coastal Path the Forum is no longer leading on coastal access although we do still have an ambition to help to secure improved access for horse riding and cycling to and along the North West’s coast.

Celtic Seas Partnership

The Celtic Seas Partnership is a pioneering €4m European Community LIFE+ project that brings together sea-users, scientists and governments to help achieve healthy and sustainable seas in the Celtic Seas Marine Region. The project runs until December 2016 and is led by WWF-UK. The other project partners are University of Liverpool, supported by the North West Coastal Forum, and the Natural Environment Research Council (British Oceanographic Data Centre; UK), Dublin Regional Authority (Republic of Ireland) and SeaWeb (France).

The Celtic Seas Partnership will support the implementation of EU environmental and maritime policy, using a stakeholder-led approach to contribute to the development of marine strategies, particularly under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive for the achievement of good environmental status of marine waters. It will develop appropriate stakeholder engagement mechanisms and build stakeholder capacity to support delivery of integrated management, to reduce user-conflict and to enhance the sustainability of the Celtic Seas Marine Region. A series of workshops, conferences and pilot studies will be held to develop and share best practice models and tools.

The first Celtic Seas International Workshop took place on 31st October 2013 in Liverpool. For more information on the project and forthcoming workshops see Celtic Seas Partnership is an EC Life+ project with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community. Project number: LIFE11/ENV/UK/392

North West Awards for Coastal Excellence 2016

In 2010 the North West Coastal Forum established a new biennial award scheme: NW ACE. The scheme is designed to recognise achievement of individuals, community groups and organisations, both commercial and public sector in contributing to the delivery of a more sustainable coast in North West England. There are 3 categories: Coastal Champion open to individuals; Coastal Community Action open to voluntary groups; and Coastal Best Practice open to commercial and public sector organisations for particular projects.

The 2016 award winners have been announced and were presented at the October 2016 Sandscapes: Celebrating the Natural and Cultural Capital of Coastal Landscapes conference in Southport by Dave McAleavy, Chair of the North West Coastal Forum. The 2016 winners were:

≈    Coastal Champion: Andy Shore, FCRM Senior Advisor (Coast), Environment Agency

≈    Coastal Community Action: Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Cultural Heritage Volunteers

≈    Coastal Best Practice – Education and Skills: Sefton Council’s Natural Alternatives Team for the Crosby Nature Trail

≈    Coastal Best Practice – Culture and Heritage: Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership for ‘The Flock’

≈    Coastal Best Practice – Integrated Coastal Management:Morecambe Bay Partnership

≈    Coastal Best Practice – Leisure and Tourism: Shore Cottage Studio

For more information on the winners and why they won follow this link or download the presentation below:

NW ACE 2016 Winners

The 2014 award winners have been announced and were presented at the November 2014 Destination Coast! conference in Grange-over-Sands by CEO of British Destinations, Peter Hampson. To see who won what and why follow this link  or download the report below:

NW ACE 2014 Winners and Highly Commended

Details about the 2012 awards are given below:

The 2012 awards were announced at the ‘Delivering Sustainable Coasts’ conference in Southport on 18 & 19 September 2012 and were presented by Professor Annie Worsley, Chair of the North West Coastal Forum.

The winners were:

Michelle Newton, Darren Lloyd and Julie Kirk of Sefton Council and Caroline Fraser of Marshside Primary School collecting the NW ACE 2012 Coastal Best Practice – Sefton Council for Imcore



Cllr Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council with Dr Irving and Graeme Proud from Solway Coast AONB accepting the NW ACE 2012 for Coastal Community Action on behalf of Solway Coast Community Volunteer Group.




Carl Green (Coastal Champion – Professional)

Keith Budden (Coastal Champion – Volunteer)

Morecambe Bay BeachCare Group (Joint winner – Coastal Community


Solway Coast Community Volunteer Group (Joint winner -  Coastal Community Action)

Sefton Council (Coastal Best Practice)


A summary of the award winners is available:

NW ACE 2012 Results

The full NW ACE 2012 presentation can be downloaded below:

The 2012 NW Awards for Coastal Excellence

The 2010 awards were presented by the North West Coastal Forum Chairman, Graham Lymbery, during the 2010 Regional Coastal Conference at t

he Maritime Museum, Liverpool in December. The winners were:

  • Ian Rowlands (Coastal Champion);
  • Wyre Borough Council and Birse Coastal (Coastal Best Practice)
  • Friends of the Estuary (Lytham) (Coastal Community Action).
NW ACE winners receiving their awards

Details of the 2010 winning and highly commended entries are in the document below:

NW ACE winners and highly commended

Working with the North West’s Coastal Groups

NWCF provides the secretariat for two of the North West’s coastal groups – Liverpool Bay Coastal Sub-group and the North West and North Wales Coastal Sub-group (the latter until Dec 2013). We also have a seat on the North West and North Wales Coastal Sub-group and the Northern Coastal Sub-group. In July 2013 we helped to organise the inaugural annual conference of the North West and North Wales Coastal Group: North West and North Wales Coastal Management 2013.

Irish Sea Maritime Forum

The North West Coastal Forum has been promoting working at Irish Sea level with partners such as Liverpool University for many years. In 2011 we assisted with delivery of 2 stakeholder workshops exploring transboundary planning issues across the Irish Sea and  have since provided a joint secretariat for the Irish Sea Maritime Forum which was launched in June 2012 at Titanic Belfast. For more information see the project page link on the left or

 Local Coastal Partnerships

The North West Coastal Forum supports coastal partnerships around the North West. PISCES – the Partnership of Irish Sea Coast and Estuary Strategies - includes all the North West’s coastal partnerships and our two coastal Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and PISCES operates as a sub-group of the Coastal Forum. The Chair of PISCES, Susannah Bleakley of Morecambe Bay Partnership, sits on the Coastal Forum Board to ensure good local issues can be brought to the Board for consideration. PISCES includes the Wirral Coastal Partnership, Duddon Estuary Partnership, Morecambe Bay Partnership, Ravenglass Coastal Partnership, Sefton Coast Partnership and Solway Firth Partnership together with the Arnside/Silverdale and Solway Coast AONBs.

Coastal Partnerships Network

NWCF also actively supports the work of the Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN) - a national grouping of over 50 local coastal partnerships.

The Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN) is a not for profit umbrella body that exists to encourage the exchange of information and debate between Coastal Partnership Officers representing the local coastal partnerships around the English coast. CPN aims to establish links with other coastal stakeholders, to facilitate a more joined up approach to the management of coastal areas and to represent Coastal Partnership interests at national and European levels.

NWCF provides the current secretariat and is represnted on the CPN Committee. See for more information.