This lighthouse was for some years part of the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, and some restoration was done on the buidling. It is now managed by the by the Natural Environment Research Council and is reportedly in deteriorating condition. Wayne Lewis writes, "I was born in Birkenhead, down the hill past the farms, not far from the lighthouse, Observatory, and Windmill. I have nothing but the best childhood memories of looking out my bedroom window at night and looking at the beam of light coming out of the observatory, actually seeing lightning hit the windmill one stormy night, and setting the sails spinning on fire, and summer holidays playing around the lighthouse, wondering how I was going to get up to the big bulb one day to switch it on. It is a beautiful lighthouse with a big wall around it, and lots of clinging ivy."