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  • Blog Post: meadow in the making

    If you come down to Leighton Moss over the next couple of weeks then you will notice our new, large and rather conspicuous residents… a small herd of redpoll cattle. You will see these chestnut coloured cows munching on the grass in the field on your walk to the causeway. Our new employees...
  • Blog Post: From Africa to Lancashire, and back!

    Taking over Annabel's role as Visitor Experience Manager here at Leighton Moss is Fran Currie, here's her first blog... Spring is always an exciting time for migrating visitors returning from their African wintering grounds. Here at Leighton Moss we get an amazing array of migrant birds, from...
  • Blog Post: snoozing in the reedbed

    Snoozing away on the pool in front of Lillian’s Hide this morning was the sleepy spoonbill . The spoonbill is quite an uncommon visitor to the north-west of England, but this one has been a resident for over a week, making itself right at home in sunny Morecambe Bay. Between naps the spoonbill...
  • Blog Post: A fleeting suprise

    Swept in on the blustery winds Monday afternoon was a flock of black terns. On Saturday one black tern was sighted, but on Monday 15 flew in. The black tern is a small and elegant bird which almost looks like an overgrown swallow. A stunning photo of a black tern Visitors reported sightings of...
  • Blog Post: A little bit of sunshine

    Today we were joined by volunteer and birdsong extraordinaire – Andy Chapman, who took us on a walk through the reedbed and garden to discover and decipher the world of birdsong in our Birdsong for Beginners guided walk. If you read my previous blog you will know that I am a newcomer to the world...
  • Blog Post: birdsong in the bushes

    I have been a residential volunteer at Leighton Moss for just over a month now and in the past couple of weeks, spring has stepped up a gear. The woodlands and garden are alive with birdsong and with the help of the wonderful and knowledgeable staff, volunteers and visitors at Leighton Moss I have been...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the moss

    If you read our guest blog this week by the fantastic Anya, you will know that RSPB looks after over 200 nature reserves like Leighton Moss as well as working to create more habitats in adjoining sites. Here at Leighton Moss our wardening team have created two new reedbeds since 2005; Barrow Scout fields...
  • Blog Post: Nest egg for the future

    A big thank you to Anya for this weeks guest blog! Spring at Leighton Moss has always been my favourite time of year. One of the over-wintering ducks still around is the pintail . With lovely, chocolate-coloured heads and immaculate tails feathers they are one of the most popular and attractive ducks...
  • Blog Post: Getting down to business

    It’s been a wonderful week here at Leighton moss with spring really kicking into action! The big news from this weekend is that one of two female marsh harriers is probably on eggs. This is fantastic news for nature as the marsh harriers numbers had declined in the UK to only one breeding pair...
  • Blog Post: Good Friday goodies

    Happy Good Friday everybody! And as a little Easter treat I’m happy to let you all know that we have re-opened the Allen and Eric Morecambe hides down on the saltmarsh. They’ve been closed for the past two weeks while we’ve been widening the paths. As well as looking fantastic they’re...
  • Blog Post: New arrivals and old faithfuls

    Lilian’s hide has been awash with birds over the past few days, including an awesome 360 black tailed godwits ! Already in their summer plumage, the black tailed godwits have a striking auburn head and chest. With beaks nearly as long as their legs and fantastically striped black and white wings...
  • Blog Post: Springtime sightings

    Thanks to Visitor Experience Intern Sophie for this week's recent sightings blog..... With the days getting lighter, brighter and longer we’ve had all sorts of signs of springtime activity here at Leighton moss, including butterflies on the boardwalk! Both peacock and brimstone butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Sophie...

    Last week we said a fond farewell to Lizzy, our Visitor Experience Intern. So that means it is time to say a big welcome to our new one! Introducing Sophie King and her first blog.......................... There’s been a new sighting here at Leighton Moss – and it’s me! I am the...
  • Blog Post: Hellos and goodbyes

    We are beginning to see the first signs of spring here at Leighton Moss; the avocets are arriving back from their wintering grounds in Southern England and the Mediterranean, the bittern is booming once again and we’ve had the odd passing migratory bird. At this time of year we begin to see an...
  • Blog Post: White rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit

    OK so the title is a bit mis-leading - we haven't got any white rabbits here (although we do have some brown ones). However, it is tradition to say it on the first day of the month, and it being the first day of March, I thought why not! It is unknown where the tradition of saying "white rabbit"...
  • Blog Post: Boom time at Leighton Moss

    There's an old saying that says "From January to June, the bittern will boom." Well it isn't quite as reliable as that, but we are very excited to have heard the first booming of the season! It was first heard at around lunchtime yesterday by one of our Live Interpetation volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Sunny half-term sightings

    I can't believe how fantastic the weather is at the moment - just in time for half-term. Why not bring your family along to have a go at our Giving Nature a Home self-led trail as well as lots of other exciting activities in The Holt. We've got plenty of wonderful wildlife for you to come and...
  • Blog Post: A beautiful day to watch birds of prey

    It’s a beautiful day here in sunny Silverdale and what better way to spend it then basking in the sun and watching some wonderful wildlife! The sight of birds of prey swooping and soaring through the clear blue sky is truly magical and here at RSPB Leighton Moss we have not been short of these...
  • Blog Post: Brews, birds and a brand new boardwalk

    It might be a bit blustery out there, but the sun is shining, so it is the ideal day to come for a stroll round Leighton Moss. There's lots to see - large numbers of teals , wigeons and some shovelers are gathered at Tim Jackson hide, as well as a flock of redshanks and a lone dunlin on the bank...
  • 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...