UNIQUE habitats off the Formby coast could be protected under new proposals.
But there are only three weeks left of the public consultation and public feedback will help shape government proposals on which sites should be protected under a network of protected areas, Natura 2000.
Liverpool Bay is a proposed Special Protection Area, which could protect rare, vulnerable and migratory birds including the common scoter and the red-throated diver.
Sandbanks act as nursery grounds for many commercial fish species such as plaice and sole whilst also supporting sand eel communities that are a food source for seabirds, porpoises and seals. In contrast reefs support a colourful array of sponges, sea squirts and corals that provide shelter for crabs, lobsters and fish such as the multi-coloured cuckoo wrasse.
Feedback is important as it will help to shape the final proposals that the UK Government makes to the European Commission this year.
A formal consultation has been underway since November and it will finish on Friday 26 February.