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  • Blog Post: Early summer mornings on the Moss

    An insight into one of my early morning walks around the reserve... One of my favourite things about summer is the opportunity to get up early and explore the reserve before work. Dawn really is a magical time at Leighton Moss when the reedbed explodes to life as sunlight creeps across the landscape...
  • Blog Post: getting to know the moths at the moss...

    This Sunday we have another of our fascinating Meet the Moths at the Moss events, from 11 am-12 pm. All ages are welcome, the event is free (normal admission charges apply) and there’s no need to book. Moths have been recorded at Leighton Moss for over 50 years now, and so far we’ve found...
  • Blog Post: wonders of the wetlands

    Summer at Leighton Moss sees the golden reedbed sea turn to green as the young reeds shoot up. Wetlands like Leighton Moss are some of our most precious environments and are home to many creatures that you won’t find in your back garden... The marsh harriers really are the royalty of the reedbed...
  • Blog Post: snoozing in the reedbed

    Snoozing away on the pool in front of Lillian’s Hide this morning was the sleepy spoonbill . The spoonbill is quite an uncommon visitor to the north-west of England, but this one has been a resident for over a week, making itself right at home in sunny Morecambe Bay. Between naps the spoonbill...
  • Blog Post: White rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit

    OK so the title is a bit mis-leading - we haven't got any white rabbits here (although we do have some brown ones). However, it is tradition to say it on the first day of the month, and it being the first day of March, I thought why not! It is unknown where the tradition of saying "white rabbit"...
  • Blog Post: Sunny half-term sightings

    I can't believe how fantastic the weather is at the moment - just in time for half-term. Why not bring your family along to have a go at our Giving Nature a Home self-led trail as well as lots of other exciting activities in The Holt. We've got plenty of wonderful wildlife for you to come and...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to build a snowman....

    It’s not often we get snow here at Leighton Moss but this weekend saw a blanket of white settle over the reeds and trees, transforming the reserve into a winter wonderland. Snowman/Olaf by Carol Brownhill We've had a couple of sightings of fieldfare this year; these birds are winter...
  • Blog Post: Get those wellies on!

    If you have been keeping an eye on these recent sightings blogs, you will be aware of the amount of water we have had recently. With a further down pour over the last few days we have had to close the path to Tim Jackson and Grisedale hides. The rest of the hides are accessible in wellies , so It’s...
  • Blog Post: Fine weather for ducks....and otters

    It's safe to say that it has been rather wet and windy up here in the North West of England over the last week, although the sun is peeping through the clouds today which is very welcome. When heavy rain arrives, it can sometimes mean that a lot of wildlife (understandably) likes to hide away, but...
  • Blog Post: Autumn changes

    I will start with an important update; On Thursday 17 September, the skytower will be closed in the morning for filming. It will be temporarily closed off from 9-12.30 pm whilst filming takes place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The rest of the reserve is open as normal throughout...
  • Blog Post: Outstanding Avocets

    After several weeks of anticipation, the moment has arrived, the avocets have returned! Two were seen at the weekend, and they have stuck around with two or three more sightings of the couple over the past few days. We hope to be joined by many more over the next week or so. Here at Leighton Moss we...
  • Blog Post: It must be winter, there's a white-front coming...

    Some people imagine winter is a quiet time on the reserve, but this couldn't be further from the truth. From otters to great spotted woodpeckers and wigeons to woodpigeons the reserve is packed! A pair of peregrines have been seen for the past couple of days, hunting on the saltmarsh and even...
  • Blog Post: Dancing on ice

    Brrrr, it's gotten pretty chilly outside over the past few days. The pools are largely frozen up with a thick layer of ice which means that a lot of the ducks and water birds that frequent the reserve at this time of year have headed onto the open dykes or the saltmarsh. However, the beauty of the...
  • 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...