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April 2008

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Leighton Moss - News & Events

Birding for beginners: birdsong
Sun 27 April - 7.30 am - 10.30 am
Join us on a guided walk to learn how to pick out the different bird songs in the woodland and around the reedbeds. Tips on identification and advice about birdwatching, followed by a bacon or veggie bap and a hot drink. No experience necessary. Booking essential. Cost: £7 (RSPB members £5)

Dawn chorus
Sun 4 May - 4.00 am - 7.30 am
Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day with a walk around our amazing reedbed at dawn. Booking essential. Cost: £10 (RSPB members £8) including a full English breakfast.

Birding for beginners: birdsong
Sun 11 May - 7.30 am - 10.30 am
Join us on a guided walk to learn how to pick out the different bird songs in the woodland and around the reedbeds. Tips on identification and advice about birdwatching, followed by a bacon or veggie bap and a hot drink. No experience necessary. Booking essential. Cost: £7 (RSPB members £5).

Please contact Leighton Moss on 01524 701601 for further information or to book on the events.

Conservation work: Unusually high water levels in January flooded most of the reserve and stopped our wardening team from carrying out the annual winter reedcutting. They instead focused on habitat management at Warton Crag and finished resurfacing the paths on the lower circuit of the reserve. It also meant that the bearded tit wigwams were delayed in getting put out into the reedbed as early as we would have wished.
Hot off the press - Aquatic macrophytes have significantly increased after the nutrient rich sediment removal works, as have the fish populations. Otters have obviously responded quickly to this habitat improvement, with continued sightings-once even swimming right up to the hide. All we wait for now is the last piece of the jigsaw to drop into place with Bittern numbers increasing. Let's hope that particular piece is still in the box and not missing.

Wildlife highlights: Our male bittern began booming on 12 February and we had our first avocet returning on 19 Feb. Up to 2 water pipits were around, a roost of about 5 little egrets, a ringtail hen harrier visited frequently and a chough appeared at Warton Crag Quarry and was seen on and off for a couple of weeks.

Latest bird news (end of March) : One pair of Bearded Tits have started using one of the wigwam nest boxes. A pair of Marsh Harriers have been seen over the reserve. Avocets are back on the Allen/Eric Morecambe Pools with up to 16 birds seen.


Jen Walker
Visitor and Publicity Officer
RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve, Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale, Lancashire LA5 OSW
Tel: Visitor Centre 01524 701601