A well-known tourist destination is preparing to welcome 250,000 overseas visitors.

Every year, migrating birds from as far away as Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia flock to Southport’s Ribble Estuary (UK) to rest and refuel.

A quarter of a million birds visit the estuary every year and the huge numbers and variety of birds make the Ribble one of the most important estuaries for wildlife in Britain.

RSPB guides will be at the end of Southport Pier from 11am to 4pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout August to help visitors get closer to the birdlife.

The RSPB’s Danny Hawker-Bond said: “We want to help people discover the amazing birdlife while getting views of some beautiful animals.”