• Waders Waders Everywhere...

     The autumn wader fest continues here at Leighton Moss, despite (and indeed because of) the diminishing water levels! The Eric Morecambe Pool remains water-free while the Allen Pool has at least been topped up by last week's high tides. As a consequence these pools are a beacon for passing shorebirds and we have seen counts of up to six spotted redshank, 16+ greenshank (including a striking leucistic individual - pictured…

    • 17 Sep 2021
  • Autumn Gets Underway

    It's certainly been a period of change here in the last week or so; one minute it's cracking the proverbial flags, the next it's overcast and muggy. And there is now more than a hint of autumn across the landscape here in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. Leaves are starting to fall, the reeds are changing colour, the evenings are a little cooler and every day, dusk approaches that wee bit sooner.

     Of course…

    • 11 Sep 2021
  • Warden Tales & Recent Sightings

     While the dry spell continues and the water levels continue to drop, there's very much a hint of autumn in the air. It's getting a little chillier in the mornings and an increase in the number of wildfowl and waders across the reserve is noticeable. Lillian's hide continues to provide excellent views of hundreds of black-tailed godwits along with smaller numbers of redshanks, as well as both great white and

    • 31 Aug 2021
  • Emily Williamson Comes To Leighton & Recent Sightings

    While it's not exactly been blistering summer weather of late, we still have pretty low water levels across the reserve due to a relative lack of rain. This has resulted in Lilian's Pool providing the perfect place for hundreds of black-tailed godwits which have been roosting and feeding here, providing visitors with fabulous views. These impressive waders can be heard chattering away as one approaches the hide…

    • 20 Aug 2021
  • A Warden's Work & Recent Sightings

    As we head into autumn, the reserve landscape and its inhabitants are changing on an almost daily basis. Moulting wildfowl can be seen loafing on the water (providing some fun identification challenges!) while coot families actively gather in numbers to feed on floating weed. As water levels remain low across the site we are seeing (and hearing!) large flocks of black-tailed godwits in front of Lilian's Hide, often flanked…

    • 6 Aug 2021
  • Wandering waders & other visitors...

     Late summer is always a brilliant time for wader watching. Whether you're on the coast or an inland reservoir there's always something going on, as post-breeding birds funnel down through the UK in search of suitable feeding and roosting sites as they head southward. Of course as numbers of commoner species such as dunlin, curlew, black-tailed godwit and redshank build up there's always the chance that you'll come…

    • 27 Jul 2021
  • Lower Hide Re-opened & Recent sightings

    We are delighted to announce that after carrying out some essential work, we have re-opened Lower Hide! 

     As many of you know, Lower Hide is the oldest standing viewing structure on the reserve and following some severe flooding incidents in recent years it had deteriorated somewhat. We were able, pre-pandemic, to keep the central section of the hide open but once social distancing became an essential consideration there…

    • 19 Jul 2021
  • Latest Sightings & New Arrivals

    The weather may been a little mixed in recent days but it hasn't stopped our visitors from enjoying some fabulous moments here at Leighton Moss!

    The continued emergence of young marsh harriers has been a real treat and at the time of writing at least four young, three from one nest and one from another, are eagerly exploring their surroundings. With a minimum of three active nests we can certainly expect to see more…

    • 5 Jul 2021
  • We Have Harrier Lift-Off!

     The big news this week involves the appearance of our first fledging marsh harrier!

    This is always a rather tense time for us here on the reserve; how many youngsters will have survived to leave the nests? Each year we watch with anticipation, knowing roughly when the first birds should emerge from the reedbed. Of course there are many factors that can influence the success, or otherwise, of any nesting bird; weather conditions…

    • 25 Jun 2021
  • Sunny Days & Purple Haze

    As the breeding season continues apace, we are seeing ever-increasing numbers of youngsters around the reserve. The pools are now home to pochard ducklings, crimson-headed coot-lets, mute swan cygnets and greylag goslings and an array of other fluffy nippers guaranteed to solicit the occasional 'oooh' or 'aahhhh' from visitors. The marsh harriers and bitterns are busy feeding their hungry broods - it will…

    • 12 Jun 2021
  • Spoonbills Steal the Show

     After what can only be described as a rather grim spring, we are finally seeing some major improvements in the weather. And that has to be good news for nature! We all know that cold, wet spells during the breeding season can be catastrophic for many birds and animals so a warm and dry period should bring some much needed relief. Also, the change should benefit insects which will of course help those other creatures that…

    • 29 May 2021
  • Hides Are Open!

     It's always a treat to have some positive news to share and no more so than in these somewhat troubled times.
    As of Monday 17 May, in accordance with current government guidelines, we can have our hides open to visitors.
    Please make sure you check in with the team at the welcome area for access updates and all the latest wildlife sightings!
    Here’s a summary of facilities accessible to visitors:
     Six hides…
    • 18 May 2021
  • Reopening Hides & Latest Sightings

     We're all very excited here at Leighton Moss as the much anticipated 'H-Day' approaches.

    Yes folks, May 17 is (hopefully) the day when we get to open our hides to visitors! If nothing changes drastically in the next few days, we can look forward to welcoming people back into our hides as of Monday next week. There will of course be some restrictions in place to ensure everyone's safety and comfort, such as…

    • 12 May 2021
  • Spring Singing & New Arrivals

     Spring really is in full swing here at Leighton Moss. The whole place is absolutely alive with the melodious sound of birdsong; Cetti’s warblers, blackcaps, willow warblers, marsh tits, nuthatches and treecreepers can be heard belting it out from alongside the trailside vegetation while the reedbeds and scrub reverberate with the songs of reed buntings and newly arrived sedge  and reed warblers. Meanwhile, overhead…

    • 23 Apr 2021
  • Spring Spotting and Shopping

     Despite some rather chilly days, thanks to that northerly airflow, there have still been plenty of blue skies and sunshine here at Leighton Moss to remind us of the joys of spring!

    Birdsong is in full flow as our resident species, along with recently arrived blackcaps and willow warblers, proclaim their hold on breeding territories. Marsh tits, treecreepers and nuthatches are busy nest building and can be seen and heard…

    • 10 Apr 2021
  • 'Spring'ing Into Action at Leighton Moss

    Spring has certainly been in the air here at Leighton Moss in recent days!

     Along with an ever-increasing number of chiffchaffs and sand martins we have seen the arrival of singing blackcaps and willow warblers this week. The sheer beauty of the willow warbler's wonderfully cascading song is guaranteed to warm my soul on even the chilliest of spring days! Not long now before our first sedge and reed warblers return…

    • 2 Apr 2021
  • A Whole Lot O' Booming Going On

    Late winter and early spring is the key time for us to start listening out for bitterns here at Leighton Moss. The males begin to boom in order to attract a mate and on calm days the sound of the first birds ‘tuning-up’ are a cause of celebration for staff, volunteers and visitors alike.

    Bitterns have had something of a bumpy ride over the decades and at one point Leighton Moss held around a quarter of the…

    • 20 Mar 2021
  • Latest Closure Information

     As many of you will know, we are temporarily CLOSED to visitors during the current lockdown.
    This includes:
     Visitor Centre
     Café and shop
     Car park
     The public Causeway and reserve trails are open as normal for local, essential exercise only
     Anyone using the Causeway and reserve trails for exercise, should please follow all current Government guidance around social distancing, face coverings, group…
    • 9 Jan 2021
  • A Natural New Year

     With the new year fast approaching, many of us will be more than happy to wave goodbye to 2020; an often exhausting and deeply concerning year if ever there was.

    As has been mentioned multiple times here and elsewhere, one of the few benefits of lockdowns and travel restrictions was the nationwide increase in nature awareness. Whether we were hearing more birdsong in our towns and gardens or discovering access to the…

    • 30 Dec 2020
  • Winter Reed Cuts & Festive Opening

    As we hurtle toward the end of what has been an extraordinary year in so many ways I hope, like me, you have been able to take some comfort in nature. Just being outdoors does do wonders for the mind, soul and body.

     In recent days, while going about my onsite business, I have been fortunate to see some wonderful wildlife - red deer in the reed beds, bittern at the water's edge, multiple marsh harriers hunting over…

    • 19 Dec 2020
  • More paths re-open!

    I’m happy to say that we have yet more good news to share this week – we have reopened the trail towards the Grisedale and Tim Jackson hides. Although the hides remain closed, visitors can now enjoy a leisurely walk through the wet woodland and experience the winter reedbed!

     We have cleared some vegetation to make the path ahead more visible, allowing visitors to safely negotiate one another. We have also…

    • 11 Dec 2020
  • Starling Murmuration News

    As many of you know, the starling murmuration is without doubt one of the highlights of any winter visit to RSPB Leighton Moss.

     In recent years the murmurations here have taken place from the end of December till March and as we'd expect at this time of year, we are seeing relatively small numbers of birds on the reserve at the moment. This will doubtless change in the coming weeks as the number of starlings increase…

    • 8 Dec 2020
  • Leighton Moss re-opens!

     We are all very excited to be re-opening tomorrow (Wednesday 2 December) following Lockdown2!

    We will be open from 10am till 4pm daily - here's a quick summary of what will be available for visitors to enjoy at Leighton Moss...

    Car park open 
    Outdoor, Covid-secure, staffed Welcome Point
    Visitor centre shop
    Takeaway snacks, meals and drinks from the café: card payment preferred
    Most trails and Skytower…

    • 1 Dec 2020
  • Ready to Re-Open!

    I’m pleased to say that we have some very good news to share – we will be re-opening next week, albeit in a limited capacity.

    As you probably know up here in here North Lancashire we are currently placed in Tier 3 along with the rest of the county and this does mean that some restrictions will apply. 

     So, as of Wednesday (Dec 2) the reserve and the main car park will reopen but please note that all hides will…

    • 28 Nov 2020
  • Breakfast with the Birds

     One of the more positive things to emerge from the first lockdown earlier this year was an increase in interest in nature. Restrictions on travel and calls to stay close to where we live saw many people discovering, perhaps for the first time, places within walking distance of their homes where they could engage with the natural world. For some, bird song seemed more obvious and wonderous, while others simply spent more…

    • 21 Nov 2020