News archive

August 2007

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Hide and reedbed from hill, Leighton Moss RSPB reserve

News from RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve (May-July)

Throughout May and June our outdoor team have been focusing on breeding bird surveys and reed planting in nearby Barrow Scouts Field, which has been going well. Our male bittern continued to boom until mid June and the two nests have been active. The first young bittern was seen on 24 July around the pool at the Griesdale hide. Another non-breeding bittern has been around as well! Our regular male marsh harrier has been looking after the two females and the two nests produced 6 young. Bearded tits continue to be monitored. The avocets have sadly had a bad year with the first nests being predated, then 10 nests being flooded out by the high tide and then the final attempts predated again.

We are now inputting Leighton Moss sightings on to the RSPB website so why not have a look !
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The recently formed Leighton Moss Wildlife Explorers group remains strong. The children are really enjoying all the activities and the leaders are working really well as a team. They even had a sighting of an otter swimming in front of Lilian's hide one Saturday morning, which I'm sure they will always remember. They were all so excited!

Jen Walker (Visitor and Publicity Officer, Leighton Moss RSPB)