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  • Blog Post: Is it spring?

    We've been having some gorgeous weather on the reserve this week! The sun has been shining, the snowdrops are blooming, and the ducks are mating....hang on, it's not spring yet! It's only February! We have still got lots of signs of winter - the trees are bare and we've got masses...
  • Blog Post: Unusual suspects

    This morning on their daily checks of the reserve, the wardens caught sight of a very exciting winter visitor, a long-tailed duck . These sea ducks are usually found on the coast but the stormy weather has brought the duck inland where it is more sheltered. Males are very striking to look at, with their...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to build a snowman....

    It’s not often we get snow here at Leighton Moss but this weekend saw a blanket of white settle over the reeds and trees, transforming the reserve into a winter wonderland. Snowman/Olaf by Carol Brownhill We've had a couple of sightings of fieldfare this year; these birds are winter...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns and barn owls

    The water level is finally beginning to drop! Hoorah! And all the paths are now open on the reserve. You will still need waterproof boots to get around some parts and wellies to get down to Lower hide, but most of the paths are thankfully now clear of water! There’s loads to see out on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Some sun at last!

    We've seen some sun this week! The water levels on the paths have dropped quite a lot, so you can now get to the Causeway hide with walking boots. You still need your wellies to get to Lower hide, Tim Jackson and Grisedale hides, but the path to Lilian's hide and the Skytower is all clear of...
  • Blog Post: Wet Winter Wonderland

    Those who have read the recent sightings blogs will know about the current high water levels on the reserve due to the recent heavy rainfall we've been having. Fortunately the water level is beginning to drop slightly and Lilians Hide and the Skytower are now accessible without wellies. We have also...
  • Blog Post: Get those wellies on!

    If you have been keeping an eye on these recent sightings blogs, you will be aware of the amount of water we have had recently. With a further down pour over the last few days we have had to close the path to Tim Jackson and Grisedale hides. The rest of the hides are accessible in wellies , so It’s...
  • Blog Post: Watching wildlife in wellies

    You'll know from our blogs over the past few weeks that we have been under rather a lot of water following Storm Desmond. Thankfully, the water levels have dropped a little, so we have been able to re-open most of the paths on the reserve. You still need your wellies to get around, but you can now...
  • Blog Post: Not too wet for wildlife!

    Despite the recent flooding there is still lots of wildlife to see here at Leighton Moss! The water level has risen a few inches above the paths but as long as you’ve got your wellies you’re good to go! The high water level has been great for our otters which are still being seen every...
  • Blog Post: After the storm...

    You will probably have seen lots on the news about the extreme weather up here in the North West. Our thoughts go out to all those affected. Thankfully we haven't lost power here and the visitor centre is not flooded, so please do come and see us for lunch or to do a spot of Christmas shopping as...
  • Blog Post: A gaggle of geese

    A large flock of geese have appeared out on the wider marsh, just beyond the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides. So far 1 barnacle goose , at least 30 pink-footed geese , 240 greylag geese and 1 european white-fronted goose have been sighted. European white-fronted geese are not often found in this part...
  • Blog Post: Starling mornings and nights

    Finally... they’re here! We’ve had our first wave of starlings arrive here at Leighton Moss, up to 18,000 have been counted so far and we are hoping for more. In previous years we’ve had up to 100,000! It is hoped that the onset of cold weather coming over the continent will bring more...
  • Blog Post: Fine weather for ducks....and otters

    It's safe to say that it has been rather wet and windy up here in the North West of England over the last week, although the sun is peeping through the clouds today which is very welcome. When heavy rain arrives, it can sometimes mean that a lot of wildlife (understandably) likes to hide away, but...
  • Blog Post: Otterly Fantastic!

    The otters have definitely been the star of the show this week here at Leighton Moss. We have a family of otters with one male (dog) otter and a female with a few pups. They are very sociable animals and are often seen playing together in the water- they look like a group of mini Loch Ness monsters....
  • Blog Post: Bittern of alright

    Visitors to the Causeway hide got a wonderful treat yesterday when they were greeted by a bittern sitting on the edge of the reedbed, to the right of the pool. To catch a glimpse of these amazing birds you need a bit of luck and persistence, and for a few of our visitors that paid off! The bittern hung...
  • Blog Post: Eye of a toad, ear of a bat

    Most evenings I go for a jog down the Causeway to lower hide and marvel at the wildlife as I go, usually catching a glimpse of the otters from the Causeway hide or a soprano pipistrelle bat as it flies overhead, which makes my run that bit more enjoyable (I don’t really like running!). Last night...
  • Blog Post: Autumn is Awesome!

    Leighton Moss is wonderful all year round, with something exciting to see every season. I think my favourite time of year has to be autumn though. The leaves in the woodland are a rainbow of colour with golds, reds, greens and browns, rustling in the wind and carpeting the floor of the paths as you stroll...
  • Blog Post: Brilliant birds and a brand new boardwalk

    One of the many wonderful things about Leighton Moss is that you never know quite know what you might see on any given day-the changing of the weather, days, months, seasons and years always brings something different, exciting or unusual to discover. Even if it involves wildlife you have spotted previously...
  • Blog Post: Dinner at The Ivy

    The ivy is in bloom here at Leighton Moss and it is attracting a wealth of insect life. Red admiral and small tortoiseshell butterflies are enjoying the rich tasty nectar that the ivy has to offer as well as many different types of hoverfly , wasps and bees . The activity doesn’t stop at night...
  • Blog Post: Misty Mornings

    A misty morning on Causeway pool by David Mower The reserve looks enchanted in the mornings as the mist settles over the reedbed. It may seem quiet and still but it is teeming with life. The bearded tits are showing really well on the grit trays and are most active from around 8 am until about 12...
  • Blog Post: A second summer

    I've been out on the reserve a lot over the past couple of days and it is so warm! We're definitely having a second (or some might argue first) summer at the moment!. The buddleia bush outside our offices is literally covered in red admiral and peacock butterflies, with the odd brimstone , painted...
  • Blog Post: Hardy beardies change their diet

    As the summer months come to an end and the autumn sets in, many species are beginning to migrate to warmer climates in search of food. However one bird that is braving the cold is the bearded tit. There have been recent sightings of the bearded tits each morning as they have been on the Causeway collecting...
  • Blog Post: Autumn changes

    I will start with an important update; On Thursday 17 September, the skytower will be closed in the morning for filming. It will be temporarily closed off from 9-12.30 pm whilst filming takes place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The rest of the reserve is open as normal throughout...
  • Blog Post: Exciting September sightings

    It's been an absolute hive of activity here at Leighton Moss over the past few days - our Wardens have been out doing the end of summer reed cutting. This important work is to open up the viewing from the hides. It also stops the ditches from clogging up with reeds and the cut vegetation also provides...
  • 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...