Work scheduled to take place on Sefton's coastal woodlands has been given the green light, after being postponed last year due to time constraints.
The aim of the woodland management work is to provide a better habitat for the area's red squirrels, and will protect the woods from disease and high winds. The work will begin in mid-November, lasting around six weeks.
The work at sites including Altcar Rifle Range, Ainsdale Sand Dune National Nature Reserve and Formby Golf Club forms part of the long-term Sefton Coast Woodlands Forest Plan, and will be coordinated by The Mersey Forest and landowners including The National Trust and Natural England.
Most of the work will involve "thinning" – the removal of selected trees in dense areas to improve the condition of the woodland as a whole.
There will also be a few areas where small clearings will be created and replanted with young trees to produce a well-balanced woodland made up of trees of different ages.
Mike Downey from Natural England explained: "The work will make the woodlands less susceptible to trees blowing over in high winds, making it a safer environment for people to explore.
"The work will also help the red squirrel population by ensuring their future supply of food. Pine trees stop producing cones once they reach approximately 80 years old, so we need to provide space for a new generation of trees to grow."
Nigel Blandford, Timber and Bioenergy at The Mersey Forest said: "We would advise that everyone takes care in the woodlands during this necessary woodland work, particularly those accompanied by dogs or children.
"Large signs will be erected to let people know where the work will be taking place, but there will be large machinery around the sites, so they should be careful when passing these areas."