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  • 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 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Monday's sightings

    I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful sunshine that we have had at Leighton Moss today. There are some good sightings to report. Early this morning (8.30 am) there was a sighting of an Osprey from the Lower hide. A male and female marsh harrier were displaying well in front of the Lilian's hide...
  • Blog Post: Today at the Moss

    Summer definitely felt like it was coming to an end today at Leighton. However, we still have at least one marsh harrier around; it was seen in flight by a visitor today. We were visited by an osprey again, with good sightings from the Public and the Lower hides, and a kestrel was also seen at the...