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  • Blog Post: This weeks wildlife highlights: Purple heron and otters.....

    The purple heron, while increasingly mobile and frustratingly elusive at times is still here, delighting and frustrating visitors in equal measure as it has done all week. Grisedale is still the place to be, where it regularly hunts around the edges of the pool to the left of the hide, although it has...
  • Blog Post: Purple heron visits Leighton Moss and other sightings

    The long staying juvenile purple heron has attracted a daily audience since its arrival on August 18 with hundreds of visitors making a special journey to see this very scarce and curious member of the heron family. The last record of a purple heron at Leighton Moss was in 1996. Purple heron in...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: wading in wading out

    The heat rises, the light thickens. It’s late evening down at the saltmarsh hides. The raucous sounds of oystercatchers piping on the Allen Pool islands adds to the ambiance and the black headed gulls sailing over the pools serine mirror of reflected sky. On my approach to the hide I caught Eric...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings & A Big Wild Sleep Out

    There's been lots of activity on the reserve just lately as our Visitor Experience Intern Steven has discovered. Here he paints a vivid picture of what's been going on at Leighton Moss in the last week or so: Green woodpecker - copyright Andy Hay rspb-images.com A green woodpecker yaffles...
  • Forum Thread: Osprey at the Causeway Hide 18-06-17

    Apparently the Osprey is a regular visitor to this part of the reserve. This was my first sighting of an Osprey and it was very entertaining. It dived into the water and remained there for some time before taking off with a large fish. Having taken to the air, the Osprey circled the lake several times...
  • Blog Post: Caspian Tern Pays Flying Visit

    Caspian tern by David Talbot There was a fair sprinkling of excitement, mixed with a little dash of frustration on the reserve yesterday (21 June). The cause of this emotional buffet was a Caspian tern , a rare visitor to the UK. News came out on Tuesday evening that the scarce bird had been seen...
  • Blog Post: Join Our Birdsong Walk & Recent Sightings: June Wildlife.

    The last week has brought yet more fabulous osprey sightings on a daily basis. The Causeway and Lillian's Hides are the best places to look out for these impressive birds of prey as they hover over the pools, occasionally stooping to catch a fish. The marsh harriers ' young are growing fast and...
  • Blog Post: Leighton Moss par le mer?

    A visitor recently commented that their visit to Leighton Moss was reminiscent of a day spent birdwatching on the Camargue, in southern France. While exploring the reserve they had encountered such exotic birds as spoonbills , avocets and three different species of immaculate snow-plumed egrets; little...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: The wader desert

    Lapwing by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) With just 16mm of rain, April was the second driest since reserve records began back in 1984. This has not helped our breeding waders and nesting lapwings , redshanks and oystercatchers down at the saltmarsh have been hit hard. The wardens’ recent breeding...
  • Blog Post: Leighton Moss: a personal history

    When I first visited Leighton Moss as a young lad back in the late 1970s, I had no idea what an enormous impact that particular January day out would have on the rest of my life. It was a bitterly cold winter’s day and the meres were completely frozen over. I remember two main things from that...
  • Blog Post: Spring sightings

    The spectacle that is spring migration is well under way, and gaining pace with each passing week. Every venture out onto the reserve has produced something different, and this week heralded the return of some reed bed favourites from their wintering grounds. The distinct reeling sound of reed warblers...
  • Blog Post: Sand storms and fine weather: Recent sightings

    Exceptionally good numbers of sand martins continue to perform hawking dives over the pools in clouds of hundreds, forming a haze to the backdrop of sky dancing marsh harriers , most evenings from the causeway hide. As of yet sightings of swallows remain in low numbers amongst them, with a handful or...
  • Blog Post: Waves of Spring!

    The warmth of the sun on your face, the change in the smells and colours, and the almost dawn till dusk backing track of birdsong. Above all the welcome assault on the senses listed above, the greatest for me is spring migration. The magic and awe of this incredible annual spectacle, the added injection...
  • Blog Post: Bird in focus- marsh harrier

    Here at RSPB Leighton Moss we are home to a large number of volunteers, dedicated to working together to give nature a home. Our volunteers come from near and far in order to carry out a variety of tasks, from conservation management work, to providing our visitors with a great experience. Here, Justin...
  • Blog Post: Murmurings of migration

    With the wild weather this weekend, it is hard to forget that we are racing towards the final few weeks of British summer time. Whilst the shortening days are twinged with a degree of sadness, I often find myself secretly excited at the prospect of the autumn migration. August can be a quieter month...
  • Blog Post: Weathering the storms - the final installment

    After a couple of weeks of hard graft our head warden Richard Miller can breath a sigh of relief knowing that the salt marsh will be a fantastic home to the wildlife of Morecambe bay once again. Here is his final installment of how him and his team have managed it... With the finishing touches to...
  • Blog Post: wonders of the wetlands

    Summer at Leighton Moss sees the golden reedbed sea turn to green as the young reeds shoot up. Wetlands like Leighton Moss are some of our most precious environments and are home to many creatures that you won’t find in your back garden... The marsh harriers really are the royalty of the reedbed...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Skyfall from the Skytower – black-tailed godwits do a James Bond

    The whoosh of wings and circling in the sky is the spectacle of the week from the Skytower. Black-tailed godwits can be heard chattering as you ascend the tower, but then it really is incredible when they all ‘get the jitters’ and lift up and wheel around. We’ve been managing the water...
  • Blog Post: How's the hide coming along?

    If you read my blog last week, you'll know that we are in the process of replacing Public hide. The old one was taken down last week by our wardens and volunteers and then on Monday, Gilleards arrived with the brand spanking new one! The weather on Monday was not kind to them as you can see from...
  • Blog Post: Aren’t bogs brilliant!

    No, I’m not talking about toilets – although they certainly come in handy – the bogs I’m most concerned with are ‘lowland raised peat bogs’. At first glance, peat bogs appear as a barren wasteland, but take a closer look and you’ll discover an amazing hidden...
  • Blog Post: What to watch out for this weekend

    Despite severe weather warnings this week, we've actually had a surprising amount of sun here. Sure, there has been some heavy heavy downpours, but everyday, for some of the day at least, we have seen some rays. At this time of year, with sunshine comes nature's mini helicopters. Check out this...