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  • Blog Post: Colourful catch of the day

    If you've not been down for the wader watching recently, then come and see us soon, because it is still spectacular. Up to seven little stints are on Lilian's pool along with a pectoral sandpiper and around 600 black-tailed godwits . There is also several ruff around too. A curlew sandpiper has...
  • Blog Post: Reed cutting on the reserve this week

    Down on the saltmarsh today, just as Kevin (our Membership Manager) predicted there would be this week, a wood sandpiper was spotted! The pools have dried out a little in all this hot weather so the wading birds are enjoying feeding in the mud. There are eight greenshanks and lots of redshanks , black...
  • Blog Post: Dragons galore

    With all the gorgeous weather we have been having this week, the dragonflies have been out in abundance. As I went round the reserve yesterday migrant hawkers , enormous brown hawkers and broad-bodied chasers were all darting around the reedbed like little helicopters, landing on reeds momentarily so...
  • Blog Post: Summery sightings

    Well it's July, and that means it's officially summer! OK so it remains to be seen whether the weather will agree, but one thing is for sure, our summery wildlife is definitely putting in an appearance. Down on the Eric Morecambe and Allen pools, a spotted redshank , some dunlin , redshanks...
  • Blog Post: Some super summery sightings

    The sun has been shining over the past couple of days, and has brought with it some definite signs of summer here.... A hobby has been spotted chasing dragonflies down at the Lower hide end of the reserve, and this afternoon, a black tern was zipping about everywhere - seen from Lower, Public and...
  • Blog Post: A sunny Good Friday sightings

    The sun is absolutely cracking the flags here today, and the wildlife is certainly taking advantage of this glorious weather. Otters have been regularly spotted at Public hide. Look out for the tell-tale signs of all the water birds dashing across the pool in the same direction, it often means that...
  • Blog Post: Things are hotting up here!

    We've got absolutely glorious weather at the moment! It feels very much like spring, and the wildlife is certainly feeling it too. Our visitors have been noticing springtime behaviour all over the place and sending us pictures of the sights that they've seen. This cheeky pair of robins came...
  • Blog Post: Sunshine and Avocets

    The sun is shining! Properly! It feels like a real spring day here this morning, which is great as we're very nearly in March. If there's one thing that is a sure sign of spring, it is our avocets being back. There are now 15 down on the saltmarsh, so numbers are building up nicely. Next week...
  • Blog Post: A fiery little visitor

    A very happy visitor brought us this great capture of the firecrest yesterday evening. It has been around for several weeks now and has been as close as the woods near Lilian's hide, but has more recently been spotted on the path to Lower hide (where this picture was taken). If you are visiting this...
  • Blog Post: Nature springs to life

    As the morning sun lights up the golden reeds, bird song fills the air. Hang on, it's January? There is no doubt that the signs of spring are starting to show. The mild weather has caused many birds to start singing earlier than normal. And woodpeckers are drumming on the trees to mark out...
  • Blog Post: You can have your car park back now - and there's loads to see!

    It was a slightly depressing day when we watched the tide come over the bank, for a second time this winter, last week. We had only just repaired the track from the last time! We just kept telling ourselves that we've gotten off lightly compared to the south... Anyway, we managed to rebuild the...
  • Blog Post: What a wonderful place to have your lunch!

    Sometimes it amazes me just how wonderful this place is! With only half an hour to spare, nipping down to Lillian’s hide is one of my favourite options. Today I decided just to see how many different birds I could spot in 30 minutes from this one hide. I’m no twitcher or even a list...
  • Blog Post: Leighton Moss - simply superb!

    We seem to have moved into a cold start to the winter but with the cold has come some nice dry weather which means that its a really great time to get out early to see what is about. This morning we held a Birding for Beginners walk around the reserve and we were joined by 14 enthusiastic people who...
  • Blog Post: Mud mud, lovely Morecambe mud!

    Morecambe is famous for its mud. Vast expanses of glorious mud that are an internationally important home for nature. A wealth of wonderful wildlife from tiny crabs to large wading birds thrives in the area making it the perfect setting for last night's fantastic episode of Autumnwatch . As Martin...
  • Blog Post: A busy week with the wildlife practicing for superstardom

    As I’m sure you can imagine it has been a busy few days here at RSPB Leighton Moss, people are getting very excited about the BBC Autumnwatch visit that is about to happen and some have been expressing concern about the effect on our car parking and other facilities. There is no need to worry...
  • 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: Marsh harrier madness

    The sun is cracking the flags here at the moment, and with summer brings one of our favourite sights - marsh harriers . These fabulous birds of prey visit us every year from as far away as Africa in order to have their young here. They specifically require reedbed for nesting and that is why they choose...
  • Blog Post: Things are 'Otting up!

    Hello, the forecast for the weekend and into next week looks fantastic! The sun is shining, and wildlife is all around us. So I thought I would write a quick post. Where better to come and enjoy all this than Leighton Moss? The sightings recently have been great with otters seen on numerous occasions...
  • Blog Post: Otterly brilliant February sightings...

    Sorry for yet another shameless otter pun, but otter sightings have been excellent over the past few days. For those of you who have been getting up at silly o'clock in the morning to come and catch a glimpse of one of our most charismatic residents, what I'm about to say will no doubt make you...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - Spring is springing

    The fantastic weather of the past couple of weeks has meant the whole reserve is looking brilliant! Spring is starting to gain momentum now, most of our resident birds are singing and we're awaiting the arrival of our migrants with baited breath (apparently ospreys have already been reported in the...
  • Blog Post: Otterly brilliant beardies

    Yesterday there were some large flocks of fieldfares and redwings - over 40 fieldfares over the car park, and later, a mixed group of about 100. A first year gannet was also seen flying inland from the Lilian's hide. We were blessed with a beautiful day for our bearded tit walk this morning, with...
  • Blog Post: Last few days' catch up

    Yesterday we had nine bearded tits on the grit trays and a Cetti's warbler at the top of the Causeway. The red deer stags were roaring noisily - some new visitors to the reserve were rather bemused! At the Griesdale hide a pair of pintails were seen along with a common gull and there were large numbers...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife update

    Well first of all I would like to apologise for the lack of sightings updates. We have had a few technical problems, so hopefully they are now sorted. One of the undoubted highlights at the moment has been our bittern activity. Sightings have been fairly frequent and quite wide ranging, with reports...
  • Blog Post: En suite marsh tits

    There are certainly compensations for being a residential volunteer on an RSPB reserve – non-financial but high value nonetheless. Top of the list has to be the location - surrounded by stunning land- or seascapes and wildlife to match. Here at Leighton Moss, there’s often something to entertain...