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  • Blog Post: Why are A’s like flowers.....?

    ......because bees come after them! Sorry folks, I couldn’t resist. With plants bursting into flower all over the reserve, many of the accompanying insects are starting to be seen here at Leighton Moss. I saw my first bumblebee of the year the other day, nestled in our sensory garden. If you take...
  • Blog Post: Forget Eurovision, we've got the best songs around!

    The UK may once again have failed to bring home the goods in last night's Eurovision Song Contest, but here at Leighton Moss, we're really excited that our retired Warden and still active volunteer David Mower has heard a cuckoo calling down by Lower hide! These beautiful birds are a real sign...
  • Blog Post: Not just swanning about

    When the new series of BBC Springwatch starts we know spring is definitely in full swing. This year the program is once again coming from our big sister reserve - the fabulous Minsmere in Suffolk. The series will be packed full of exciting wildlife action, so tune in at 8 pm on Monday 25 May for the...
  • Blog Post: Waders and warblers and more

    It's been fine weather for ducks today at Leighton Moss! The rain was belting down this morning but thankfully that didn't put the wildlife off coming out and about, and they were rewarded with the sun emerging this afternoon. If you have been down to Lilian's, Tim Jackson and Grisedale...
  • Blog Post: Not just rare, ultra rare!

    As I was cycling to Leighton Moss the other day, I noticed lots of excited looking visitors walking along the road to get to the causeway, something must have happened! I stopped and asked what had been seen and was informed that a pied billed grebe had been found the previous evening by our very own...
  • Blog Post: A very hoppy day

    The first sounds of a grasshopper warbler were heard by our Warden Richard at the end of last week. It was on the path to the Allen and Eric Morecambe hides in the bushes. Listen out for its distinctive call (not surprisingly, it sounds like a grasshopper). Its high reeling song is the best clue of its...
  • Blog Post: Spring is off to a great (red)start

    The signs of spring are all around us here at Leighton Moss. The whole site is alive with birdsong! In the past few days we've heard the first reed warblers and sedge warblers back for the breeding season, so their raspy sounds have been added to the symphony in the reedbed. Cetti's warblers...
  • Blog Post: Size isn’t everything

    The weather has been mixed over the first week of the Easter holidays, but come rain or come shine, we've had lots of visitors who have been treated to some great views all over the reserve. Our bigger residents, like our otter family (who have been regularly spotted at Public hide) and our acrobatic...
  • Blog Post: Spring into action!

    After a cloudy start to the day (sadly covering most of the eclipse, although we did get a quick glimpse through a break in the clouds), spring is defiantly in the air at Leighton Moss. Avocets have reached around 50 in number and they are mating on the saltmarsh (ooh er!) - head down to the Allen and...
  • Blog Post: We’re banking on you!

    Quite a few visitors have been reporting views of bank voles over the past few weeks. As you head out of the visitors centre through the sensory garden and down onto the path to Public and Lower hides, there is a little stream and a few dead logs. This is where they have been seen most, often posing...
  • Blog Post: We’re not so gull-ible!

    As spring approaches everyone looks forward to the return of summer visitors, and the arrivals are already starting. A rather keen-eyed visitor spotted a Mediterranean gull from Lillian’s hide, it was mixed in with the black-headed gulls. They are slightly larger than black-headed gulls, with a...
  • Blog Post: Brief encounters of a teal kind

    Despite snowy showers and rather chilly temperatures many visitors have braved the elements and have been well rewarded with great views are some rather unusual visitors... If you have read some of our previous blogs you will know that there were up to three tundra bean geese around last month. Another...
  • 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...