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About Leighton Moss

Panoramic view of wetland, RSPB Leighton Moss reserve

Image: Ben Hall

Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. You might see deer too, not to mention butterflies aplenty!

Choose from a selection of trails and hides, most of which are suitable for wheelchairs, and get right to the heart of the reedbed. Or take the nature trail alongside two coastal lagoons to see lots of wading and water birds (ask in the visitor centre for more details).

Children will love finding out more about the reserve from the displays in the visitor centre and you can also enjoy a home-made meal and a drink in the tea room.

Opening times

The reserve and visitor centre are open daily all year round (closed 25 December). The reserve is open from dawn to dusk. The visitor centre is open 9.30 am to 5 pm (4.30 pm in December and January). Opening times vary in the Christmas holidays, please contact the reserve for information.

Entrance charges

Free to the visitor centre and cafe. Admission to hides and nature trails: Adults £7, children £3.50 (first child and under 5s free), concessions £4.50. RSPB members and those who have travelled to the reserve by public transport or bike, get in free.

If you are new to birdwatching...

RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve is an ideal place for people new to birdwatching with a wide variety of birds to be seen throughout the year. There is a full programme of events and information available to help you get started. Our friendly staff are happy to provide help and advice.

Information for families

Free Wildlife Explorer backpacks available. Family events run in the holidays. Interactive display panels in the education room. Interpretation panels on the nature trails. High chairs and childrens books and toys in the tea room.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are allowed in the car parks and along the Causeway, which is a public footpath and bridleway. However, dogs are not allowed on the main reserve footpaths. Please keep them on a lead at all times.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 54.16814,-2.80107
  • Postcode: LA5 0SW
  • Grid reference: SD478750
  • Nearest town: Carnforth, Lancashire
  • County: Lancashire
  • Country: England

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