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Formby prehistoric footprints

I've just come across this Hansard Report, which reports on a question asked yesterday in the House of Lords:

"To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to preserve the prehistoric animal footprints on Formby beach in Sefton Metropolitan Borough; and what grants are available for that preservation."{Lord Fearn (Liberal Democrat}

And the answer:

"The prehistoric footprints on Formby beach provide important insights into how animals and humans were moving about in the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. We have taken the advice of specialists in this period. The human and animal footprints have been exposed in soft tidal silts through coastal erosion, and therefore cannot be preserved "in situ", since they are constantly eroded by the tide, but they can be recorded as they appear.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has earmarked funding of £1,174,000 towards proposals for a Landscape Partnership Scheme on the Sefton coast, which covers the area with the footprints.............{Lord Davies of Oldham (Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household; Labour} More

Looks like good news to me.

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