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New book reveals fascinating history of Leighton Moss

Last modified: 01 September 2014

Oystercatchers in flight at RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve

‘Leighton Moss: Ice Age to Present Day’ will be launched on 13 September.

Image: Ben Hall

The first book to chart a 6,000 year history of Leighton Moss is set to be launched at the RSPB reserve this month.

Written by Andy Denwood, a freelance writer and broadcaster living in North Lancashire, ‘Leighton Moss: Ice Age to Present Day’ will be launched on 13 September.

With a foreword by popular wildlife presenter Chris Packham and illustrated by dozens of images, the book tells the fascinating story of this much-loved Lancashire site, from the arrival of the first hunter gatherers to its acquisition by the RSPB.

Leighton Moss was once pumped dry by steam engines in the Victorian era and peat moss, pasture and wetlands were turned into 400 acres of corn-field. Today, RSPB Leighton Moss boasts the biggest reedbed in North West England and provides a home for otters, deer, rare bitterns and marsh harriers.

Andy Denwood, author, said: “Since re-flooding at the end of the First World War, the moss has developed to an internationally important nature reserve, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

“Leighton Moss: Ice Age to Present Day assembles letters, photos, academic research and the accounts of local people, to chronicle the many ways men and women have used this beautiful slice of England down the centuries and to celebrate its survival as a haven for wildlife.”

Annabel Rushton, Marketing Officer at RSPB Leighton Moss, said: “As this year marks the 50th anniversary of RSPB Leighton Moss, it is the perfect time to look back at the history of this incredible site.

“Whether you have visited Leighton Moss for many years, or are new to the reserve, you can uncover how the site has changed over time.”

The book will be available to purchase from RSPB Leighton Moss shop from 13 September, priced £8.99.

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