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Have a 'stag'-gering amount of fun this summer at RSPB Leighton Moss

Last modified: 16 July 2013

Red deer stag

Leighton Moss is one of the best places in the country to spot red deer.

Image: RSPB - Ben Andrew

Summer is the perfect time to head to RSPB Leighton Moss for the chance to spot one of the nature reserve’s more unusual residents – red deer.

Each year, visitors to the Silverdale reserve hope to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures as they emerge from a small gap in the vast reedbed and make their way to the water’s edge.

Many people are lucky enough to witness this impressive sight and this summer, there will be plenty more opportunities for people to try and spot the red deer.

Every Monday evening in July and August, staff and volunteers at the RSPB Leighton Moss will be holding guided walks, taking visitors out onto the reserve to try and spot the red deer and other special summer wildlife.

Annabel Rushton, Marketing Officer at RSPB Leighton Moss, said: “People generally think of red deer as being an animal to see in the highlands of Scotland, not in the middle of a reedbed like Leighton Moss, but the reserve is home to a whole range of fantastic wildlife.

“As Britain’s largest land mammal, the red deer are truly spectacular to see, and Leighton Moss is one of the best places in the country to spot them up close.”

The walks in July are held from 7.30-9.30 pm, whilst the August walks take place from 7-9 pm. The cost is £2 for RSPB members and £5 for non-members, whilst a family ticket is £4 for RSPB members and £10 for non-members.

For more information and other events held at Leighton Moss over the summer, visit www.rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss

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