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  • Blog Post: Skyfall from the Sky Tower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The ‘whoosh’ of wings and circling in the sky – is the spectacle of the week from the Sky Tower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard ‘chattering’ as you ascend the Tower, but then it really is incredible when they all they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Here comes the sun

    With all this fantastic sunshine we've been having, unsurprisingly, the wildlife is taking advantage of not having to hunker down like last 'summer'. The avocet chicks at the Allen and Eric Morecambe pools are growing all the time, mooching about with their parents, learning how to use...
  • Blog Post: Avocet chicks

    For anyone that didn't manage to catch the avocet chicks on the saltmarsh which have now fledged, here are a couple of photos: Last night I went on a walk in some very glorious evening sunshine to the Tim Jackson and the Griesdale hides. We saw about 10 red deer hinds and two calves,...
  • Blog Post: Highlights of the last few days...

    A red kite was spotted flying over the saltmarsh on Thursday (2/6) and was seen again over the reedbed on Friday (3/6)! Fridays scorching hot weather seemed to give the wildlife a boost. Whitethroats and sedge warblers were seen and heard along the path to the Allen Hide. A Mediterranean gull was seen...
  • Blog Post: A rather quiet Sunday's sightings

    It's been a rather quiet day of sightings at Leighton Moss today, perhaps due to the rain. The marsh harriers continue to display, and the avocet chicks are doing well at the saltmarsh. A second calendar year little gull was reported and an osprey made an appearance at 2.15 pm at the Public hide...
  • Blog Post: Roll on July!!

    It is hard to believe that June is nearly over, and with July fast approaching our red deer on the reserve should be producing more and more offspring. The one calf that has been seen is performing well, leaping and bounding around full of the joys of err summer I suppose you could call it. The...
  • 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: Otters galore

    I've been away from the reserve for a few days so have a few highlights to start with. Otters are being seen regularly at the moment - sightings were reported for Saturday at the Lilian's hide at 8.45 pm, three at the Lower hide on Sunday at 10am and again this morning at the Lilian's...
  • Blog Post: Highlights

    I haven't posted for a few days so here are some highlights for the missing few days: an otter was seen from the Lower hide on both Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June, several pink footed geese have been seen both at the Griesdale hide and on the Eric Morecambe pools, and an osprey was sighted on Firday...