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  • Blog Post: Skyfall from the Sky Tower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The ‘whoosh’ of wings and circling in the sky – is the spectacle of the week from the Sky Tower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard ‘chattering’ as you ascend the Tower, but then it really is incredible when they all they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and...
  • Blog Post: It's wader-ific and mammal-tastic here!

    Although we are only part way into August, and the summer is very much still in full swing (it has been glorious sunshine today), believe it or not, for many birds, the autumn migration has already begun. We have seen a great variety of wading birds turning up over the past week or so, both on Lilian's...
  • Blog Post: Sunny holiday sightings

    With the glorious weather set to continue over the weekend, why not come and see us, there's lots to see and do! The lower water levels at Lilian's pool have been drawing in the wading birds. Up to three ruffs , a couple of green sandpipers , dunlins and flocks of redshanks , lapwings and...
  • Blog Post: Dig this!

    We've been asked by some visitors recently about the lower water levels on Lilian's, Tim Jackson and Grisedale pools, as there is more mud exposed than you might normally expect in these areas. If you click on my blog from April here , then it explains all about this important management work...
  • Blog Post: How's the hide coming along?

    If you read my blog last week, you'll know that we are in the process of replacing Public hide. The old one was taken down last week by our wardens and volunteers and then on Monday, Gilleards arrived with the brand spanking new one! The weather on Monday was not kind to them as you can see from...
  • Blog Post: Where's Public hide gone?

    If you take a stroll down the Causeway at the moment, you will notice something very obvious is missing! Yesterday, our Assistant Warden Alasdair, and a group of trusty volunteers dismantled Public hide. It has served us well for 25 years, but it had become dilapidated and was in need of replacement...
  • Blog Post: Sunshine and sightings

    Phew, it's hot out there! It's like being abroad round here at the moment. Who needs the Costa del Sol when right here in Morecambe Bay we've got sun, sea, sedge warblers and slices of cake! Summer is synonymous with marsh harriers here at Leighton Moss and they're at that point where...
  • Blog Post: Father's Day phalarope

    We've had a great weekend here at Leighton Moss. A lot of excitement was caused on Saturday when a female red-necked phalarope was spotted on the Eric Morecambe pool. Unfortunately it only stayed for about an hour before flying off over the marsh, but with fewer than 10 sightings of this little bird...
  • Blog Post: Otters and egrets and warblers oh my!

    The sun has been cracking the flags here this week, but sadly, it has taken a turn today and it's a bit grey and drizzly. That doesn't mean that wildlife sightings have been dampened though! Down at the Allen and Eric Morecambe hides, the great white egret is still around. You can distinguish...
  • Blog Post: Hey hey ospreys!

    Everyone at Leighton Moss was delighted to hear about the success of the ospreys in the Lake District. Two chicks have hatched at Bassenthwaite this year. This is the 15th year of successful hatching for the Lakes ospreys, that’s more than 30 chicks! The ospreys at nearby Foulshaw Moss have also...
  • 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...