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  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier majesty

    A walk down the causeway at RSPB Leighton Moss in summer isn’t complete without a glimpse of a majestic marsh harrier . It has been a fantastic year here for these birds, with five adults in total, three females and two males, on the reserve since early spring. Marsh harriers are one of the...
  • Blog Post: From Africa to Lancashire, and back!

    Taking over Annabel's role as Visitor Experience Manager here at Leighton Moss is Fran Currie, here's her first blog... Spring is always an exciting time for migrating visitors returning from their African wintering grounds. Here at Leighton Moss we get an amazing array of migrant birds, from...
  • Blog Post: A fleeting suprise

    Swept in on the blustery winds Monday afternoon was a flock of black terns. On Saturday one black tern was sighted, but on Monday 15 flew in. The black tern is a small and elegant bird which almost looks like an overgrown swallow. A stunning photo of a black tern Visitors reported sightings of...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the moss

    If you read our guest blog this week by the fantastic Anya, you will know that RSPB looks after over 200 nature reserves like Leighton Moss as well as working to create more habitats in adjoining sites. Here at Leighton Moss our wardening team have created two new reedbeds since 2005; Barrow Scout fields...
  • Blog Post: Skyfall from the Skytower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The whoosh of wings and circling in the sky is the spectacle of the week from the Skytower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard chattering as you ascend the tower, but then it really is incredible when they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and wheel around. We’ve been managing the water...
  • Blog Post: How's the hide coming along?

    If you read my blog last week, you'll know that we are in the process of replacing Public hide. The old one was taken down last week by our wardens and volunteers and then on Monday, Gilleards arrived with the brand spanking new one! The weather on Monday was not kind to them as you can see from...
  • Blog Post: Aren’t bogs brilliant!

    No, I’m not talking about toilets – although they certainly come in handy – the bogs I’m most concerned with are ‘lowland raised peat bogs’. At first glance, peat bogs appear as a barren wasteland, but take a closer look and you’ll discover an amazing hidden...
  • Blog Post: What to watch out for this weekend

    Despite severe weather warnings this week, we've actually had a surprising amount of sun here. Sure, there has been some heavy heavy downpours, but everyday, for some of the day at least, we have seen some rays. At this time of year, with sunshine comes nature's mini helicopters. Check out this...
  • Blog Post: Bumble through the flower beds

    After the recent downpours, you might think our wildlife had gone into hiding! But take another look... Bees have been all over the garden, waiting out the bad weather. Bumblebees make good use of our mint, but also have a particular preference for blue and purple flowers such as lavender and willowherb...
  • Blog Post: Moths and Art this Weekend

    It's been another glorious week weather wise and that is looking like it's set to stay over the weekend, so come and explore the reserve. We're getting regular osprey sightings. Grisedale pool and Island Mere seem to be the favoured spots. Look out for one in the large Scot's pine...
  • Blog Post: Raptors galore

    It's been all about the birds of prey over the past few days at the Moss. An osprey has been putting in regular appearances, with lots of delighted people seeing it fishing on Grisedale pool. It has probably come over from Foulshaw Moss where they are nesting. A hobby has been spotted hawking...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys are about!

    We hope you’re sitting down, because we’ve had a visitor which made us weak at the knees. On Sunday night at around 6:30 pm, an osprey was seen hunting by Lower hide. It kept a close eye on the water, hovering low before swooping down into the reeds on the right-hand side. Ospreys can...
  • Blog Post: Miss it, miss out!

    If you weren't able to make last nights Deer Watch at Dusk, then you missed a real treat. The group of 16 attendees, led by our fabulous volunteers Bill and Chris had an absolutely awesome evening. They first headed to Lilian's hide where they were privelaged to see an osprey ! It's the time...
  • Blog Post: August Action!

    Where did July go?? We are now racing into August and the wildlife has shown no signs of slowing down. One of the undoubted highlights of this year has been the success of our marsh harriers . They have managed to successfully fledge 14 youngsters from 5 successful nests, with only one nest not producing...
  • Blog Post: Harriers in the heat!

    Hello. What a week of weather, and with the beautiful sunshine the wildlife has really put on a show. The undoubted highlight of the week has been the marsh harrier activity. These fantastic birds of prey have been wowing visitors for weeks, but this week they really put on a show! With numbers of fledged...
  • Blog Post: Ospreys, otters and even a bittern

    Can't I write this blog outside? It's a beautiful day here at Leighton Moss! The sun's out and the air feels warm. Walking along the Griesdale trail I hear warblers on fine form and see the insect life is coming out in force. Willow trees are releasing their tiny seeds on fluffy parachutes...
  • Blog Post: Spring Predictions

    Sometimes, just sometimes, wildlife it seems can be predicted! At the end of the last blog post I included some wildlife highlights to look out for in the coming week. And for once the wildlife obliged! Firstly a stoat was spotted bounding down the path to lower hide, scurrying around with their...
  • Blog Post: Wednesday's wonderful wildlife

    The sightings started early this morning! Between 7.15 and 7.30 am two spotted redshanks and a hobby were noted at the Eric Morecambe pools. At 7.35 am a visitor watched two female marsh harriers displaying from the layby on Storrs Lane and caught a sight of a sparrowhawk. A male marsh harrier was seen...
  • Blog Post: Avocets galore and more!

    We are very excited that the avocet count on the saltmarsh pools has risen to 54! Given the success we had last season with 48 young ones fledged from 19 pairs of adults, we look set for similar this year. Pop down to the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides to get close up views of this iconic emblem of the...
  • Blog Post: Migration mysteries...

    This time of year sees lots of migrants both leaving and arriving at Leighton Moss so why not come and join us for a Wednesday walkabout and find out about the amazing travels of our birds at this time of year. On yesterday's walk we spotted a couple of common terns divebombing into the pool in...
  • Blog Post: As sweet as honey that little calf

    How many of us check down in front of a hide when you enter to see whats lurking below? Well we all should, down in the reeds right under the window of Tim Jackson was a beautiful red deer calf! This little spotty beauty entertained visitors throughout the day, but had evaded many too, nestled down...
  • Blog Post: Spring meets Summer

    Hello, it's been a while since my last post. I have been up north for a week of wildlife watching on Fair Isle and mainland Shetland. It was great to see some of our northerly reserves again, and enjoy a differing array of wildlife than that of Leighton Moss. Spring is certainly behind up there,...
  • Blog Post: Oh deer, oh deer, oh deer....!

    The marsh harriers were displaying well today, including making a food pass and the female was seen nest gathering. Two unringed bearded tits (a female and a juvenile) were seen at the Lower hide this morning and an adult and juvenile great crested grebe were also about. A visitor managed to get some...
  • Blog Post: This weekend's highlights

    With the weather continuing to shine down on us this weekend, we've been treated to sightings of some returning spring visitors. Up to 5 swallows have been seen around the reedbed - does that make a summer? These fantastic summer visitors spend the winter in Africa before flying all the way to the...
  • Blog Post: The sun has got his hat on....

    ... and you would certainly have needed one today! The beautiful weather has meant a very good day for sightings here at Leighton Moss. An osprey has been seen around the reserve several times today. It was first seen at 7.20 am sitting in a tree on the island at Island Mere for 20 minutes before...