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  • Blog Post: Ringing the reedlings

    With the nights starting to draw in and the leaves beginning to turn on the trees, autumn is certainly on its way and here at Leighton Moss that means one of its most secretive residents is coming out of hiding – the bearded tits or "bearded reedlings". These colourful little birds are...
  • Blog Post: The sights and sounds of autumn

    What's your favourite season? In this week's guest blog, our Visitor Operations Manager Kevin Kelly explains why he loves this time of year..... Autumn is an incredible time for bird migration. The numbers involved are far greater than spring, due to this year's young joining in on the...
  • Blog Post: Birding at breakfast

    Mornings are a magical time to get out and about exploring nature before work. Here, our Membership Recruitment Manager Anya Kuliszewski explains why she loves to do just that.... During my time working and volunteering for the RSPB, I have been lucky enough to visit many of the fantastic nature reserves...
  • Blog Post: Plentiful plovers

    One of the best things about being the visitor experience manager at Leighton Moss is the variety of work I get to do. Take this afternoon for example when I was lucky enough to get a break from my keyboard as I joined our site team to look at the new water control system in action down on the salt marsh...
  • Blog Post: Spectacular waders

    Visitor operations manager Kevin Kelly tells us all about the wonderful world of waders... With autumn in full swing from a birds perspective, one particular family of our feathered friends are in the midst of their mind-boggling migration. If you haven’t guessed it, the clues in the title....
  • Blog Post: Murmurings of migration

    With the wild weather this weekend, it is hard to forget that we are racing towards the final few weeks of British summer time. Whilst the shortening days are twinged with a degree of sadness, I often find myself secretly excited at the prospect of the autumn migration. August can be a quieter month...
  • Blog Post: Delight in the detail at Leighton Moss

    During the school holidays our learning team take a break from entertaining school parties at Leighton Moss and get to have some fun of their own at our special family events. Learning and visitor assistant Angela Welbourne tells us all about her favourite events... Have you ever marveled at how hairy...
  • Blog Post: Weathering the storms - the final installment

    After a couple of weeks of hard graft our head warden Richard Miller can breath a sigh of relief knowing that the salt marsh will be a fantastic home to the wildlife of Morecambe bay once again. Here is his final installment of how him and his team have managed it... With the finishing touches to...
  • Blog Post: Weathering the storms - an update

    As promised in Saturday's blog here is an update from head warden Richard Miller on the work to repair the water management system at the salt marsh... Dinsdales successfully moved their excavators to the problem area on Monday afternoon, which involved a 2.5 km trip across the saltmarsh, climbing...
  • Blog Post: Early summer mornings on the Moss

    An insight into one of my early morning walks around the reserve... One of my favourite things about summer is the opportunity to get up early and explore the reserve before work. Dawn really is a magical time at Leighton Moss when the reedbed explodes to life as sunlight creeps across the landscape...
  • Blog Post: Carpet of colours – the magic of Middle-earth.

    This week we have a guest blog from our site manager Jarrod... Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve is about a wealth of wildlife and capturing the essence of nature; not just birds. You can wander from the Leighton Moss Visitor Centre into the wider AONB and imagine you’re a hobbit...
  • Blog Post: Close encounters

    Getting out and enjoying nature is always rewarding. I find that whether I see a mallard or a marsh harrier when I go for a walk around the reserve I come back with a clear mind, feeling refreshed and inspired. There are some days however when taking a walk in nature, that you unexpectedly stumble upon...
  • Blog Post: getting to know the moths at the moss...

    This Sunday we have another of our fascinating Meet the Moths at the Moss events, from 11 am-12 pm. All ages are welcome, the event is free (normal admission charges apply) and there’s no need to book. Moths have been recorded at Leighton Moss for over 50 years now, and so far we’ve found...
  • Blog Post: wardening around

    This week we have a guest blog from residential warden volunteer Kat. Before coming to Leighton Moss Kat was a residential volunteer down at RSPB Old Hall Marshes in Essex, where she spent the winter herding Konik ponies and clearing scrub on the ancient grazing marshland. Kat has kindly agreed to tell...
  • Blog Post: wonders of the wetlands

    Summer at Leighton Moss sees the golden reedbed sea turn to green as the young reeds shoot up. Wetlands like Leighton Moss are some of our most precious environments and are home to many creatures that you won’t find in your back garden... The marsh harriers really are the royalty of the reedbed...
  • Blog Post: what comes out after dark...

    Summer evenings at Leighton Moss are a magical time, after the visitor centre closes at 5 pm the pace on the reserve slows down and you can really enjoy this special place at its most peaceful. It’s also when you might see some of our nocturnal residents; a colony of soprano pipistrelle bats. ...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier majesty

    A walk down the causeway at RSPB Leighton Moss in summer isn’t complete without a glimpse of a majestic marsh harrier . It has been a fantastic year here for these birds, with five adults in total, three females and two males, on the reserve since early spring. Marsh harriers are one of the...
  • Blog Post: walking with butterflies

    A big thank you to our Assistant Warden Nick for taking the time to write this blog. I hope you all enjoy this insight into the magical world of butterflies as I much did... The work that the RSPB does in Morecambe Bay goes far beyond the hustle and bustle of Leighton Moss. Warton Crag is one of...
  • Blog Post: meeting the moths at Leighton Moss

    If you read my previous blog then you will have heard about my muddy morning out with our residential warden volunteer Larissa, who has very kindly written a guest blog about one of her responsibilities - moth trapping. So! Part of my daily routine as a volunteer warden at Leighton Moss involves checking...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the tramper...

    Have you heard of the tramper? Our all terrain, off road mobility scooter, which is available free to hire at Leighton Moss. The tramper scooter has been funded in partnership by the Arnside and Silverdale AONB Sustainable Development Fund, the RSPB, Lancashire County Council, the Lancashire and District...
  • Blog Post: muddy mornings in the moss

    In today’s blog I thought I would give you a bit of a catch-up on the monitoring work our wardening team have been doing at Leighton Moss... At Leighton Moss we monitor lots of things, from when we hear our first warblers in the spring to the returning of wildfowl in the winter. This allows...
  • Blog Post: damselflies of the deep

    Sunday morning saw the second of this year's Birdsong for Beginners walks. While 7.30 may be an early start for a bank holiday Sunday it was well worth getting out of bed for. After a sleepy start, myself alongside the incredibly knowledgeable Sue and Andy set off with a small group of 12 participants...
  • 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...