Ayres Visitor Centre
This visitor centre and adjoining nature trail are a major sight of ecological and scientific significance with the area internationally renowned for its wildlife.
The Ayres Visitor Centre lies within an important stretch of low lying sand-dune coastline which stretches for 8km from Cronk-y-Bing to the Point of Ayre at the Island’s most northerly point.
During your visit you’ll be able to find out more about the birds, animal habitats and rare plant communities that inhabit the area.
Visitors who follow the nature trail will find a shingle beach which leads to the marram dunes and onto an expanse of heath with extensive lichen flora.
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast keep their eyes on the shoreline where it’s likely you’ll see diving gannets and terns offshore in the summer and the possibility of spotting basking sharks and seals year round.
Inland in the heath you’ll find rare lichens, nesting stonechats, oystercatchers and lapwings as well as busy insect populations.
Opening Times and Admission
The Ayres Visitor Centre is open between May and September from Tuesday to Sunday between 2pm and 5pm.
There is ample free parking but limited disabled access.
Admission is free.
Location and Contact
Ayres Visitor Centre, Lhen Road, Bride, IM7 4BF.
For more information telephone 01624 801985 or visit www.manxwt.org.uk.