Leighton Moss

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  • 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...
  • 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...