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  • Blog Post: Leighton great 'uns

    Every season there is something different and special to be seen here. For me spring brings the avocets , summer means marsh harriers and butterflies, autumn is your chance to see elusive bearded tits and rutting red deer stags and winter often means the bitterns and water rails are out on the ice. This...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbill on the shore and more

    There's a spoonbill back on the scene down at the shore hides. It has been seen several times over the last few days and was reported still there today, 8 June. Also down at the shore pools there have been regular sightings of little egrets, grey herons, black-tailed godwits and not forgetting the...
  • Blog Post: Notters finally become an otter!

    There have been lots of fantastic sightings today and one very exciting one for me! At the Lilian's hide we had a Mediterranean gull and potentially three marsh harriers - an adult female, a juvenile and possibly a male. Lots of interesting ducks at the Tim Jackson hide: teal, gadwall, shovellers...
  • Blog Post: Autumn at Leighton

    If you have been to the reserve over the last week or so you will probably have heard the red deer stags's roars echoing around. This is part of the 'rut', when the males collect a harem of hinds together. The stags roar at each other as a way of challenging one another and you may see them...
  • Blog Post: Autumn sightings

    The fabulous great white egret has been putting in regular appearances at Griesdale hide. It tends to roost with the little egrets at Island Mere (tree in the middle of the Public/Lower hide pools), so if you are around at dusk, watch for them coming in. They look like hankies in the trees when they...
  • Blog Post: Today's wealth of wildlife

    Our deer walk last night was a select group but we had good displays from the deer. We counted 11 in total - four hinds and four calves at the Griesdale hide, and one hind with two calves at the Tim Jackson hide. We also spotted a sparrowhawk perching on a post in the reeds straight out from the Lilian's...
  • Blog Post: Every Dog has it's day! or something like that.

    The RSPB call them 'moments', an experience of witnessing a wildlife spectacle that as a result leaves you in awe. Admittedly I have had a fair few of these amazing experiences, but on Monday 27th August 2012 I was the fortunate recipient of another, and wow was it special. A morning stroll...
  • Blog Post: Field Notes for Summer at Leighton Moss

    By mid July most chicks have fledged. This year has been the first time that a pair of Cetti’s warblers have bred on the reserve. Inexperienced fledglings are vulnerable to predators, hunger and the weather but for the first week or two broods stay close together and parent birds continue to feed...
  • Blog Post: Otterly wonderful weekend sightings

    Three otters were seen today at the Public hide at 9.40 am, on top of the two seen here and the group of three at the Lower hide yesterday. A Cetti's warbler was seen and heard at the top of the Causeway and near the Public hide both today and yesterday too. In the drier sunnier spells over the...
  • 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: 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: Extreme weather sightings and hide updates

    Well, a lot of water has been dumped on the reserve this week, but it hasn't affected the wildlife. Our otters have been out and about almost daily, particularly at Griesdale and Lower hides, but cropping up all over the reserve including Lilian's hide. They've been seen at all times of the...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful wildlife because we create a home for it

    You probably already know that here at RSPB Leighton Moss we do a lot of work to manage the landscape for nature. Our wonderful reserves team are busy looking after the reedbeds, taking out some of the scrub that is starting to grow and cutting back some of the reeds. This work stops the reedbed from...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Autumn

    Well the sun has been shining and the air has been still today, making it feel very much like Autumn. Excitement is in the air as several of the BBC team have been here starting to unload and set up cables, kit and cameras-Autumnwatch is very real now and I am buzzing! Out on the reserve, the wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Autumnwatch has arrived!

    The suspense has been building for several weeks since it was first announced, but at last the day has come- Autumnwatch has arrived!! I am literally bursting with excitement because boy, is it going to be one heck of a series. Our Education Room and offices have been transformed into a production...
  • Blog Post: Super duper starlings

    If you haven't seen them already, there's still plenty of chance to come down and see the starling spectacle. They have been coming in at around 3.30 pm and for the past few nights have favoured displaying at the Public and Lower hide end of the reserve (although they actually went down to roost...
  • Blog Post: 50 years old today!

    If you were listening to BBC Radio Lancashire today, you may have heard our name mentioned a few times, particularly on Lunctime Favourites between 11 am and 12 pm (if you missed it, then catch it on BBC iplayer for another week). Today (1 February) is our official golden anniversary! 50 years ago...
  • 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: Swiftly come dancing...

    Spring is in full swing and we’re doing a merry jig – just take a look at our latest contestants! We’ve had an influx of swifts at Leighton Moss. They appeared at Public hide last Thursday and can be seen swooping and swerving in the air, showing off their dance moves. Swifts...
  • Blog Post: Autumnal highlights

    With the return of BBC Autumnwatch in just over two week's time, we're feeling very autumnal here at the moment. We hosted the programme here last year and are thrilled that they have chosen to base themselves here again. The programme will be broadcast live at 8 pm from 28-31 October on BBC...
  • Blog Post: Red deer and redwings and redshanks

    OK, so I went a little overboard on the alliteration there, but there seems to have been a lot of 'red' sightings over the past few days. Down at the Eric Morecambe and Allen pools there are lots of redshanks and oystercatchers feeding and wading in the mud. The huge flocks of black-tailed...