It's been another glorious week weather wise and that is looking like it's set to stay over the weekend, so come and explore the reserve.
We're getting regular osprey sightings. Grisedale pool and Island Mere seem to be the favoured spots. Look out for one in the large Scot's pine tree, in the middle of the group of trees at Island Mere, snacking on a tasty fish. With them breeding at nearby Foulshaw Moss, and with two hungry chicks to feed, they love coming over to Leighton Moss for a meal.
The marsh harrier young are equally hungry. Though some of them have fledged, they still come back into the nest and can be quite demanding. Look out for the parents hunting low over the reeds.
Our largest residents - the red deer will be giving birth at the moment, so you may be lucky and see some young, spotty calves around the edges of the pools with their mums, down at TIm Jackson and Grisedale hides.
On the saltmarsh, there have been regular sightings of a couple of Mediterranean gulls. They have been spotted pecking the black-headed gull chicks, in order to force them to regurgitate their food and then snaffle it up for themselves!!
The young avocets are getting pretty big now, with just a bit of brown on their backs, distinguishing them from their parents. Redshank chicks have also been spotted. Keep an eye out for them on Eric Morecambe and Allen pools.
With the sun shining, damselflies, dragonflies, butterflies, hoverflies and bees are abundant in the garden. All the plants in there were specially selected to be beneficial to them. Why not bring a picnic or get a take away from our cafe and watch them flit around the flowers.
As it is National Insect Week this week, we've got one of our 'Meet the Moths at the Moss events on Saturday morning. Why not come along to learn all about these interesting creatures. Details here.
Elephant hawkmoth by David Mower
Elephant hawkmoths are one of many moths that dispel the myth that these insects are dull in colour. Just look at that gorgeous green and pink colouring. They are like this to blend in with the colours of one of their favourite food plants - rosebay willow herb. Come along to the event to learn more even more fascinating facts.
It is also the last weekend in June, which can only mean one thing - Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail. Come along to see Marianne Birkby's art work, a lot of which has been inspired by Leighton Moss wildlife. You can also pick up a trail guide from our shop to aid you in getting round the other exhibitions in the area.