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  • 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: Ducking and diving

    When I was younger and my best friend's dad used to take us out watching wildlife, there's a particular group of birds that were ever present wherever we went - ducks. As a really young child, I thought that a duck was just a duck and there was only one sort, but as I grew older (and was better...
  • 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: What an ice place to visit

    The weather is mighty fine at the moment (it might be cold but it's lovely and sunny), and both visitors and wildlife alike are making the most of it. The otters are being as active as ever with several sightings everyday from Public and Lower hides. Up to six of them have been spotted together....
  • Blog Post: Who's bean to see us?

    Happy World Wetlands Day everyone! As an internationally important wetland, Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve is home to a great abundance of special and important wetland wildlife. We're pretty excited by the fact that we've had up to three bean geese around over the past few days...
  • Blog Post: Flurry of activity at the feeders

    The feeders at the back of the visitor centre are a flurry of activity at the moment, with great spotted woodpeckers and tree sparrows making regular appearances, so it's definitely worth a peek when you're heading onto the reserve. Among the more common blue tits , great tits and coal tits ...
  • Blog Post: Who's been coming out of hiding?

    With some wet and windy weather this week, you'd think the wildlife would have stayed hunkered down out of sight. However, those visitors who have braved the storms have been treated to some spectacular sightings... At Public hide, the otters are still an almost daily occurrence. Whether frozen...
  • Blog Post: A most magical sight

    The UK’s smallest bird of prey, the merlin , has been seen dashing around the reserve recently. You can tell merlins apart from other falcons ( kestrels , hobbys and peregrines ) because of their relatively long, square-cut tail and rather broad-based pointed wings, shorter that those of any other...
  • Blog Post: Goosing around

    I am sure if any of you have visited the reserve recently you will have been lucky enough to see and hear the graylag geese over the reserve. There have been great views from almost all of the hides, but the best views seem to be down at the saltmarsh hides (Allen and Eric Morecambe hides). Greylag geese...
  • 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: Coming up to Christmas sightings

    With Christmas just a few days away, I thought I would update you on all the latest sightings that you will hopefully get the chance to come and see over the festive period. We have a great variety of little birds at our feeding station in the garden and through the woodland. From the more well-known...
  • Blog Post: This will quack you up!

    You may sometimes take the massive variety of ducks for granted here at a Leighton Moss. At this time of year, on any day you can go down to the hides and see teal , shoveler , wigeon , pochard and pintail to name but a few. The male goldeneye has to be one of our most elegant winter visitors, it is...
  • Blog Post: Robin the rich to give to the birds

    I am sure we have all started thinking about what’s on our Christmas lists, but have you thought about what the birds might like? Because we have had such a mild autumn many of the birds we see in our gardens may be unprepared for winter. Just a few minutes work can make all the difference and...
  • Blog Post: What a rail place to have a good time!

    The water rail is a relatively common, yet highly secretive bird. It is more often heard than seen. Its high pitched squeal (like a piglet) is really distinctive and is often the only sign of them being present in an area. It has chestnut-brown and black upperparts and black-and-white barred flanks,...
  • Blog Post: Having a hoot at Leighton Moss

    As many of you may have seen on Autumnwatch, Leighton Moss is home to a wealth of wildlife including some silent hunters, owls. The equipment the BBC provided, let us have a fantastic insight into the numbers and types of owl we have in our area. Because these birds hunt mainly at dusk and at night they...
  • Blog Post: Otter this world!

    Apologies for another bad otter pun, it is just so exciting that they are being seen almost everyday at the moment. Head down to Public hide for the chance to spot one of our most adorable residents. One of the females and her two cubs have been coming out at all times of day, as well as sightings of...
  • Blog Post: Nothing 'otter than an otter

    From frolicking otter cubs to bold bitterns , Leighton Moss has some truly stunning wildlife views to offer at the moment. One of our resident female otters has had two cubs this year. They are keen to play all day, often right in front of the hides. This unusually bold behaviour offers both fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Once bittern, twice not so shy!

    Well, we've been going bittern bonkers at the minute. Up to three have been coming out at once in the reedbed at Public hide. These normally shy residents, seem to want to come out and prove they are not a mythical creature! Scan round the pool edges for them, as well as having a look down 'Al's...
  • Blog Post: A truly golden celebration

    In honour of the golden anniversary of Leighton Moss, the “golden” wildlife has truly put on a spectacular show. At the moment we are hosting golden plover , goldeneyes and goldcrests , which can all be seen from Lilian’s and Tim Jackson hides. Ben Hall (rspb-images.com) The past...
  • Blog Post: Latest sightings - lovely plovers and more

    A very busy weekend here meant that there was lots of eyes on our wildlife and we've got some fantastic sightings to report..... Down at the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides, the wading birds have been brilliant. A golden plover and a grey plover have been spotted there which, even if they are not...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the show arrive at last!

    I am sure many of you have been aware that during Autumnwatch , the starlings that usually grace the skies at Leighton Moss every year didn’t make the spectacular arrival we were hoping for. Since then many of our visitors have been enquiring into their whereabouts, as you are all very keen to...
  • Blog Post: Top of the tree!

    I was on leave last week so missed doing my 50th anniversary blog . However, I am glad that I did as today's news makes for a super duper topic...... We have incredibly exciting news that a couple of tree sparrows have been spotted throughout the day at the feeding station! Although they are regularly...
  • Blog Post: Little and large

    It has been a great week for seeing bitterns and otters , especially from Public hide. The wardens have cut an alley into the reeds to the right of the hide, which means bitterns have been feeling safe to skulk out to the edge, as well as water rails . Because the otters have cubs at the moment they...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Autumnwatch #4 - That's all folks

    I can't believe how fast this week has gone! Far too quickly! They arrived in a mass of cameras and trucks and wires and kit and people and presenters just over a week ago, and now they're gone :( If you've been tuning into the latest series of BBC Autumnwatch you'll know that we have...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Autumnwatch #3

    Goodness me, what a tense show last night's Autumnwatch was! Right from the word go, there was action from the underwater cam - an eel , a stickleback and then finally, an otter ! From large mammals to tiny ones - I was then gripped by the rodent agility course. We have a good variety of small...