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Discover the wildlife stars of Autumnwatch in wonderful Morecambe Bay

Last modified: 04 November 2014

Cyclist looking at information board, RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve

Come and experience this amazing area for yourself!

Image: Ben Hall

Millions of people discovered the beauty and wildlife of RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay recently, when it was featured on popular television show BBC Autumnwatch.

The BBC series, which was broadcast last week from RSPB Leighton Moss for the second year running, showcased the best of the area’s stunning landscapes and wildlife spectacles to millions of viewers across the country.  Presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games shared seasonal highlights from the Silverdale reserve, including bearded tits, otters and barn owls.

Now, people are encouraged to come and experience the area for themselves.

Set within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, RSPB Leighton Moss was at the heart of the action during filming and visitor numbers to the reserve increased greatly – with this trend expected to continue for the coming weeks and months.

Jacqui Fereday, Visitor Services Manager at RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve, said: “We are delighted to have hosted BBC Autumnwatch for a second time, especially as it is a very special year for the reserve – our 50th anniversary of giving nature a home.

“Autumn is normally a busy time of year for us, but with Autumnwatch showcasing the wonderful wildlife which lives at the reserve, we are pleased to say we have welcomed even more visitors than usual, which means more people connecting with nature and more people helping to support our vital conservation work.

“Even though the cameras have stopped rolling for this year’s series of Autumnwatch, you can still see the stars of the show – the incredible wildlife – and there is plenty to do at Leighton Moss and in the wider area. It’s a fantastic place for wildlife lovers of all ages, with something special to see at every time of year.”

The series has highlighted the beauty of the Arnside and Silverdale AONB and the importance of the area for wildlife, which many hope will encourage visitors to Morecambe Bay and boost the local economy.

Lucy Barron, of the Arnside and Silverdale AONB, said: “BBC Autumnwatch is helping to put this area firmly on the map as one of the best places in the country to see wildlife. The stunning filming following the stories of our local deer, otters and barn owls and the Autumnwatch buzz of excitement has already inspired many people to explore the area for themselves, bringing big benefits for local businesses.

"A good network of footpaths offers superb walks in the area which take in the stunning scenery of this protected landscape, with plenty to see in every season."

Councillor Ron Sands, Lancaster City Council's cabinet member with responsibility for tourism, leisure and culture, added: "It was with great pride that I watched Autumnwatch, as it discovered the stunning natural landscape of Morecambe Bay and the abundance of wildlife attracted to its shores.

"We all know that Morecambe Bay is unique and magical and this national television programme has enabled others to enjoy what it has to offer. I do know that the production crew stayed locally during the filming and it is hoped the coverage will encourage others to visit and experience the area, which is unlike anywhere else."

Visitors can find plenty of interesting places to uncover in the Nature on your Doorstep Guides for Arnside, Silverdale, Morecambe, Grange-over-Sands and Lancaster, which can be found at RSPB Leighton Moss or downloaded for free at www.morecambebaynature.org.uk.

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