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July 2009

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Leighton Moss - News and August Events

Leighton Moss - News and August Events

August is a good month to see the red deer that come down to graze the Tim Jackson and Greisdale meres in the evenings and to enjoy the wonderful succession of marsh flowers along the reserve tracks, as well as seeing lots of butterflies and dragonflies flitting around.

We are proud to announce our new visitor centre refurbishment. The welcome area, café and shop have had a facelift with new counters, which aims to give you a better welcome and a faster service. The shop is now easier to walk around, and includes a new area to try out binoculars. Our café has a relaxing ambience and we hope you'll enjoy meeting our new Catering Manager, Patrick Keating. There is a wide selection of delicious, home-cooked meals to choose from and we pride ourselves on sourcing high quality fresh local produce, which is organic wherever possible. Try our tempting selection of hand finished cakes made exclusively for us by 'Taste of the Country' with a pot of refreshing Fairtrade tea or coffee. All our profits help fund the vital wildlife conservation work of the RSPB. We look forward to seeing you soon to show off our new look!

We hope there will be some events that will be of interest to you this month. Please contact 01524 701601 for further information and to book on events. Please pay at the time of booking to secure your place. For a full list of our events please pick up a 'What's on in 2009' leaflet or see our website: www.rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss

There are wild adventures to be had throughout the summer. Events for the whole family include our 'family activity days' where you can take part in pond dipping, hunt for bugs on a flying insect safari or do natural rubbings on our 'eARTh' day. You and your children can also get creative by taking part in the various craft activities at our new 'Afternoon Tweets' sessions. Throughout August, we have the 'summer wildlife warriors' events for young people aged 8 - 16 where they can learn about the wildlife around them and how they can do their bit to protect it.

Deer watch - Every Thursday in August
6.30 - 8.30 pm (or until dusk if you wish to look for bats)
Enjoy a relaxing guided walk for all the family to look for our red deer and other summer wildlife. Cost: RSPB members: adults £2, children £1, family £4, non-members: adults £4.50, children £2, family £9.

Binoculars and telescopes demonstration
Sat 8 and Sun 9 August (10 am-4 pm)
An opportunity to try out binoculars, telescopes and digiscoping and receive impartial advice. Free admission to the demonstration.

Magical Mull: evening meal and talk
Tues 11 August (7-9.30 pm)
Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of this mystic isle with Jacqui Fereday. Beforehand, join us for a two-course home-cooked meal (bring your own wine). Booking essential. Cost: £16 (RSPB members £14).

Art and Craft exhibition and sale
Fri 14, Sat 15 and Sun 16 August
10 am-4 pm
Carnforth and District Art Society will be exhibiting their work in our education room, many pieces being inspired by the wildlife of Leighton Moss. Free event.

Going batty!
Sat 22 August (7-10 pm)
Enjoy an illustrated talk about bats by local bat expert Gail Armstrong, then watch the bats come out at dusk on a guided walk. Booking essential. Cost: RSPB members: adults £4, children £2, family £8, non-members: adults £6, children £3, family £12.

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