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February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

Male merlin perched on old fence post, Shetland

Gordon Yates Filmshow - 40 Years of Pennine Birding

40 Years of Pennine Birding with Gordon Yates
The ever popular Gordon Yates will be visiting the RSPB Lancaster Local Group again on Friday March 2nd at 7.30pm for his annual filmshow. Please join us for another superb evening with Gordon.
Location: Skerton Community School, Lancaster.
Time: 7.30 pm

Monday, 20 February 2012

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Leighton Moss Awarded Heritage Lottery Funding

The popular natural visitor attraction, RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale, will become an even better place to visit and get close to our amazing native wildlife, after having now gained major funding to improve their outdoor visitor experience.

Leighton Moss nature reserve has become a well known attraction, with visitors coming from near and far. This project aims to upgrade the existing outdoor visitor facilities and provide a more interactive and enjoyable experience.

There are plans to extend the nature trails and allow improved elevated viewing over the fantastic reedbed and pools, as well as creating new areas around the visitor centre to be more wildlife friendly and allow visitors to relax and get closer to the birds, bees and butterflies.

There will be a strong focus on providing new events and opportunities for local people and local groups and the creation of new family friendly routes. Newly designed areas will stimulate the senses and will be accessible for wheelchair users and families with buggies.

Leighton Moss will be benefitting from some fantastic funding, with The Heritage Lottery Fund providing £370,000 and The Rural Development Programme for England providing £132,000. There has also been generous funding from Lancashire Environmental Fund, Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund and Natural England.

The work will be carried out in phases over a three year period, with the nature reserve and visitor centre remaining open throughout. There will be minimal impact upon visitors and naturally care will be taken to avoid disturbance to wildlife.

Jacqui Fereday, Visitor Services Manager at Leighton Moss said: "Our visitor centre had a new look in 2009 and now it's absolutely fantastic to be able to make these exciting improvements to our outdoor facilities to make it an even more relaxing and engaging experience for everyone."

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: "We are delighted to support this project that will give more people the chance to enjoy a nature reserve of national importance with its abundance of rare wildlife. Visitors will be able to see more, thanks to improved paths and viewing platforms; they will be able to learn more with information available around the site and online, and there will be ample opportunities for volunteers to get involved, helping to organise guided walks and building a community garden."

To find out more and follow the progress of this exciting project, please follow the Leighton Moss blog on www.rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss.