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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: What a rail place to have a good time!

    The water rail is a relatively common, yet highly secretive bird. It is more often heard than seen. Its high pitched squeal (like a piglet) is really distinctive and is often the only sign of them being present in an area. It has chestnut-brown and black upperparts and black-and-white barred flanks,...
  • Blog Post: Having a hoot at Leighton Moss

    As many of you may have seen on Autumnwatch, Leighton Moss is home to a wealth of wildlife including some silent hunters, owls. The equipment the BBC provided, let us have a fantastic insight into the numbers and types of owl we have in our area. Because these birds hunt mainly at dusk and at night they...
  • Blog Post: Otter this world!

    Apologies for another bad otter pun, it is just so exciting that they are being seen almost everyday at the moment. Head down to Public hide for the chance to spot one of our most adorable residents. One of the females and her two cubs have been coming out at all times of day, as well as sightings of...
  • Blog Post: Nothing 'otter than an otter

    From frolicking otter cubs to bold bitterns , Leighton Moss has some truly stunning wildlife views to offer at the moment. One of our resident female otters has had two cubs this year. They are keen to play all day, often right in front of the hides. This unusually bold behaviour offers both fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Once bittern, twice not so shy!

    Well, we've been going bittern bonkers at the minute. Up to three have been coming out at once in the reedbed at Public hide. These normally shy residents, seem to want to come out and prove they are not a mythical creature! Scan round the pool edges for them, as well as having a look down 'Al's...
  • Blog Post: A truly golden celebration

    In honour of the golden anniversary of Leighton Moss, the “golden” wildlife has truly put on a spectacular show. At the moment we are hosting golden plover , goldeneyes and goldcrests , which can all be seen from Lilian’s and Tim Jackson hides. Ben Hall (rspb-images.com) The past...
  • Blog Post: Latest sightings - lovely plovers and more

    A very busy weekend here meant that there was lots of eyes on our wildlife and we've got some fantastic sightings to report..... Down at the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides, the wading birds have been brilliant. A golden plover and a grey plover have been spotted there which, even if they are not...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the show arrive at last!

    I am sure many of you have been aware that during Autumnwatch , the starlings that usually grace the skies at Leighton Moss every year didn’t make the spectacular arrival we were hoping for. Since then many of our visitors have been enquiring into their whereabouts, as you are all very keen to...
  • Blog Post: Top of the tree!

    I was on leave last week so missed doing my 50th anniversary blog . However, I am glad that I did as today's news makes for a super duper topic...... We have incredibly exciting news that a couple of tree sparrows have been spotted throughout the day at the feeding station! Although they are regularly...
  • Blog Post: Little and large

    It has been a great week for seeing bitterns and otters , especially from Public hide. The wardens have cut an alley into the reeds to the right of the hide, which means bitterns have been feeling safe to skulk out to the edge, as well as water rails . Because the otters have cubs at the moment they...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Autumnwatch #4 - That's all folks

    I can't believe how fast this week has gone! Far too quickly! They arrived in a mass of cameras and trucks and wires and kit and people and presenters just over a week ago, and now they're gone :( If you've been tuning into the latest series of BBC Autumnwatch you'll know that we have...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Autumnwatch #3

    Goodness me, what a tense show last night's Autumnwatch was! Right from the word go, there was action from the underwater cam - an eel , a stickleback and then finally, an otter ! From large mammals to tiny ones - I was then gripped by the rodent agility course. We have a good variety of small...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Autumnwatch #2

    I bet you were gripped watching last night's action on Autumnwatch , I know I certainly was! What a show - opening with the cheeky heron on the otter cam and then to see all the drama from the barn owls on the night vision camera! The adult barn owls hunt around the reserve early morning and dusk...
  • Blog Post: Awesome Autumnwatch #1

    WOW! What a fantastic first day of Autumnwatch yesterday! From an otter live on Autumnwatch Extra , to Nick Baker's hilarious antics on Unsprung , there was never a dull moment throughout the entire day! If you missed the action from the main show, here are the highlights: Martin Hughes-Games...
  • Blog Post: Risky behaviour from our red deer

    With BBC Autumnwatch here filming this week, we are super excited! Make sure you tune in at 8 pm on BBC 2 for all the action. If you can't wait that long though, you can catch up to date drama and interviews by tuning into Autumnwatch Extra every day from 7 am. Autumn is a stunning season for...
  • Blog Post: Red deer and redwings and redshanks

    OK, so I went a little overboard on the alliteration there, but there seems to have been a lot of 'red' sightings over the past few days. Down at the Eric Morecambe and Allen pools there are lots of redshanks and oystercatchers feeding and wading in the mud. The huge flocks of black-tailed...
  • Blog Post: Autumnal highlights

    With the return of BBC Autumnwatch in just over two week's time, we're feeling very autumnal here at the moment. We hosted the programme here last year and are thrilled that they have chosen to base themselves here again. The programme will be broadcast live at 8 pm from 28-31 October on BBC...
  • Blog Post: Early October highlights

    Autumn is most definitely here - one of our Wardens Alasdair saw redwings from the causeway this morning. These gorgeous little thrushes have a distinctive white eye stripe and red under their wings. Keep an eye out for them over the coming months, particularly on berry bushes such as holly and cotoneaster...
  • Blog Post: True Grit

    If you've never seen bearded tits at Leighton Moss before, then October is the best month to spot these otherwise fairly elusive residents. At this time of year they change their diets from insects to reed seed to get them through the winter. In order to digest the hard seed they take in grit,a bit...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Sightings: Egrets' Egress and more

    The reserve’s largest ever roost of little egrets was recorded on Saturday, a grand total of 182! Don’t worry if you like your egrets on the large side, as the three great whites are still around. Make sure you capitalise on your chance to see these regal birds. Little Egret by Paul...
  • Blog Post: Autumn is coming!

    Autumn was in the air this week, in a literal sense, with flocks of pink-footed geese flying over the reserve. These intrepid birds breed in Iceland and migrate to the UK to survive the harsh Icelandic winters. The geese above Leighton are likely bound for the Pilling marsh area in Lancashire, where...
  • Blog Post: Colourful catch of the day

    If you've not been down for the wader watching recently, then come and see us soon, because it is still spectacular. Up to seven little stints are on Lilian's pool along with a pectoral sandpiper and around 600 black-tailed godwits . There is also several ruff around too. A curlew sandpiper has...