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  • 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...
  • 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...