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  • Blog Post: Murmurings of migration

    With the wild weather this weekend, it is hard to forget that we are racing towards the final few weeks of British summer time. Whilst the shortening days are twinged with a degree of sadness, I often find myself secretly excited at the prospect of the autumn migration. August can be a quieter month...
  • Blog Post: Weathering the storms - the final installment

    After a couple of weeks of hard graft our head warden Richard Miller can breath a sigh of relief knowing that the salt marsh will be a fantastic home to the wildlife of Morecambe bay once again. Here is his final installment of how him and his team have managed it... With the finishing touches to...
  • 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: 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...
  • Media: Osprey

    Taken from Public Hide on Saturday 11th September in the evening, one of two osprey fishing.
  • Media: Circling osprey

    This was the best I could do on my little camera!
  • Blog Post: The last few days's sightings

    Over the weekend, depsite the rain, we had some good sightings at Leighton. We had three kingfishers at the Eric Morecambe pools, an osprey fishing at Island Mere and then seen later at the Griesdale hide, a sparrowhawk around at the Public and Lilian's hide and a garganey at the Lilian's hide...
  • Blog Post: A return to summer....

    Today's gorgeous weather has more than made up for yesterday's miserable showing and brought some good sightings today too. The black tern that was here yesterday is still around; it seems to be going backwards and forwards between the Eric Morecambe pools and the Lower and Public hides. The...
  • Blog Post: Bearded delights!

    Well with April fast approaching it's end our wildlife is just getting started! This has to be my favourite time of year, with the sound of bird song, the croak of frogs and the rustling in the reeds all adding to the wonder of spring. One of the undoubted highlights of this season is the emergence...
  • Blog Post: A marvellous moth breakfast

    Some of us had an unusual start to the day with our Moth Breakfast event. We had a chance to look at what had been caught overnight in the sixteen traps set round the reserve and nearby at Myers Allotments by a dedicated team of helpers from the Lancashire Moth Group before sitting down to a welcome...
  • Blog Post: Grand finale to the Deer Watches

    We had a fantastic final Deer Watch this evening. Eight stags with magnificent antlers were out at the Griesdale hide, including two locking antlers practising for the rut later in the autumn, along with a hind and a calf that had almost lost its spots. At the Tim Jackson hide, we had almost given up...