• Autumn Gets Going & Bearded Tits Bring Joy

    It looks like we’re in for a few decent days so what better way to enjoy them than to get out into nature!

     When I was doing my rounds earlier today it certainly felt like a classic autumn morning. The sun was bright and the air was cool, as I stood there listening on the Causeway I could hear the distinctive pinging calls of bearded tits and the explosive sound of Cetti’s warblers – sheer magic.

    The…

    • 25 Sep 2020
  • Bearded Bonanza Beckons

     Although the days still feel rather summery just now, we are definitely seeing increased signs of autumn around the reserve. And of course, one of the highlights of the seasonal change is the annual bearded tit grit tray festival! (Note: not an actual festival).
    As insect numbers dwindle, the bearded tits prepare to change their diet to one of seeds to help to survive the winter months. It's difficult not to hear (and…
    • 17 Sep 2020
  • Autumn Gets Underway

     With things becoming decidedly more autumnal of late, we have been noticing a few changes here on the reserve.

    Down at the Eric Morecambe and Allen pools wader numbers are picking up, as we'd expect at this time of year. Good numbers of redshank (photo by Brian Salisbury) and lapwing are usually present and on some days the pools play host to lots of roosting black-tailed godwits. Among the commoner birds one can…

    • 5 Sep 2020
  • Return to the Moss - a volunteer's story

     In this week's blog we invited volunteer Jennie to share her experiences of how the current Coronavirus pandemic affected her visits to Leighton Moss both before lockdown and again after the reserve re-opened... 

    Return to the Moss By Jennie Chapman, RSPB volunteer

    A bright and chilly mid-March morning. I dug out my blue polo shirt and navy fleece from the bottom of a drawer, found my name badge in the jacket pocket…

    • 28 Aug 2020
  • More Hides Open at RSPB Leighton Moss!

     I am delighted to report that the Eric Morecambe and Allen hides are now open!

    As with our other accessible hides on site, we have put some clear social distancing measures in place and hide occupancy is restricted.

    Please consider this when visiting the hides and be mindful of others' needs. We ask that you do not 'hog the hide' when others are waiting to enter - we want everyone to be able to enjoy this wonderful place…

    • 26 Aug 2020
  • Shop re-opens & latest sightings

     We have some very exciting news to share this week.

    After a great deal of planning and rearranging, we are delighted to share that our shop at the visitor centre has reopened! We will be open daily from 10am to 3.30pm so do please come along and stock up on bird food and feeders, grab a new hedgehog house or treat yourself to a new pair of binoculars!

    And while the café remains closed we also have a selection of sandwiches…

    • 21 Aug 2020
  • Water, Water Everywhere...

    It’s been another rather unusual week here up in North Lancashire. We’ve had everything from glorious sunshine to the most extraordinary thunderstorms that anyone can ever remember witnessing! Of course with the storm came yet more rain – further hindering our reedbed work as water levels remain unusually high for the time of year.

    But there’s always a positive! Those secretive bitterns can often…

    • 14 Aug 2020
  • Swift Departure and Recent Sightings...

     I think it's fair to say that we've had a mixed week weather-wise! Some days have been very pleasant and mild while others have blighted us with persistent rain. In fact the water levels have risen so dramatically that the wardening team have had to postpone some major management work out in the reedbed. Hopefully we'll get enough dry days in the near future to see the levels drop and we'll be able to reinstate the postponed…

    • 7 Aug 2020
  • Tern Up for the Books

    The big news this week (and when I say big, I mean it both literally and figuratively) concerns the all-too brief appearance of a Caspian tern that graced us with its presence yesterday (Thursday). Seen initially from Causeway Hide the rare seabird took off in the direction of Arnside where it was later rediscovered by diligent local birders. Unfortunately its stay there was also short-lived and once again it vanished…

    • 31 Jul 2020
  • Summer Sightings

    What a week it’s been!

      We opened up Lilian’s and Causeway hides in time for last weekend and we saw plenty of returning faces, plus lots of new ones, enjoying the many delights of Leighton Moss. The feedback has been terrific so far and we're really pleased to see that everyone is respecting the social distancing guidelines and being highly considerate to others - of course we'd expect nothing less from our wonderful…

    • 24 Jul 2020
  • Hides Re-open!

     We have more good news to share with you this week! We have reopened both Lilian's and Causeway hides!

    There are of course, strict social distancing guidelines in place regarding the use of the hides and there is plenty of information in and around the hides to make things clear. The staff at the Welcome desk will also provide all the relevant detail when visitors arrive on site.

    It was great this week to see that…

    • 18 Jul 2020
  • The Sky's The Limit

     We're very happy to announce that we re-opened the Skytower this week!

    Now, visitors can once again rise above the reedbeds for a fabulous birds-eye view of the reserve and the wider landscape. From this breath-taking vantage point you may be lucky enough to see fishing ospreys, hunting marsh harriers, soaring swifts and grazing red deer amongst a host of other exciting wildlife. We have put some social distancing…

    • 9 Jul 2020
  • Egrets, We Have A Few

    One doesn’t need to spend much time on the reserve at the moment to be made fully aware that we are in the midst of the breeding season. It seems that there are young birds everywhere! As visitors make their way around the pathways they can’t help but be met with the sights and sounds of recently fledged warblers, finches and tits. On the pools, gangs of coot with their almost fully-grown youngsters dot the…

    • 4 Jul 2020
  • Unpredictable June Anticipation!

    With some pretty mixed weather, it's been an unpredictable few days here at Leighton Moss! As yet the thunderstorms haven't delivered anything unusual and despite there having been some scarce visitors not too far away (rose-coloured starling, hoopoe and hooded crow all at Walney, rose-coloured starlings at Carnforth and Morecambe, Blyth's reed warbler at Knott End and black stork in the Rusland Valley) we have…

    • 17 Jun 2020
  • Leighton Moss Open!

     It's been a week since we re-opened parts of the reserve here at Leighton Moss and it's been great to welcome visitors back to our wonderful site. 

    Due to access restrictions based on government guidelines we have had to consider which areas would offer visitors an enjoyable experience while considering their well-being and safety, along with that of RSPB staff. So, one of the first things we did was reduce the…

    • 6 Jun 2020
  • Partial re-opening of reserve

     We are delighted to announce that this morning (Saturday) we opened some sections of our trails and the car park so that we can welcome visitors back to wonderful Leighton Moss!

    Of course visitors will be required to follow on-site guidance which will be provided by our team. Be aware that we are limiting the number of vehicles in the car park and as a consequence, it has limited capacity. If the car park is full upon…

    • 30 May 2020
  • Update to reserve closure

    Despite some very slight changes in lockdown restrictions in England, Leighton Moss remains closed to the public for now. Our priority is to ensure that we only re-open when we have everything in place to keep our members, visitors, volunteers and employees safe.

    We must also make sure that the wildlife that calls our site home is ready to receive attention after a couple of months completely on its own. You'll have seen…

    • 11 May 2020
  • A booming great start to the breeding season

    We're so excited that for the first time since 1999, we've got three booming male bitterns here at Leighton Moss!

    Bittern populations are monitored by recording the number of ‘booming’ males, so called for their rather unusual birdsong.

    The bittern is Britain’s loudest bird, but the noise it makes is far from a typical bird song. Indeed, for such a shy and elusive bird, their call is not exactly…

    • 6 May 2020
  • When a Warden Isn't Wardening...

    As you can imagine, it's all a bit strange right now for those of us who ordinarily spend our days working at Leighton Moss - and we certainly share the frustrations of our visitors who love to while away the hours on our wonderful reserve!

    As part of our efforts to keep nature-focused while the reserve remains closed, we'll be continuing to share the experiences of staff and volunteers as they adjust to a, hopefully…

    • 3 Apr 2020
  • Get Set for a Wild Challenge!

    While the reserve remains closed and most of us are staying at home, let's not forget that there is still lots of potential to enjoy nature where we live!

    Personally, I've been keeping an eye on the skies above my house in Lancaster looking out for passing birds and enjoying the noisy antics of the local house sparrows in my neighbourhood. In recent days I've also spotted peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies…

    • 27 Mar 2020
  • Reserve hide closures update 22/03/20

    Please note that all hides will be closed from close of play on Sunday 22 March.

    The visitor centre, shop and café will remain closed. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.  

    These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may encounter it. We want to do everything we can to…

    • 22 Mar 2020
  • Reserve closure information

    Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close our visitor centre, café and shop to visitors at 5pm on Friday 20 March. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

    These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may encounter it. We want to…

    • 19 Mar 2020
  • Leighton Moss scoops top award

    VisitEngland has announced the winners of its 2019 Visitor Attraction Accolades and RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve at Silverdale has been recognised for providing an outstanding visitor experience!

    Just 73 attractions across the entire country received this annual distinction, with Leighton Moss being one of only two in Lancashire. Staff and volunteers at the popular outdoor attraction, located within…

    • 14 Mar 2020
  • Twilight sightings and updates

     We may have showers, but that hasn’t put a damper on the wildlife around the reserve. Our two male bitterns (photo by Andy Hay) have been making themselves known this past few weeks, the best chance of hearing them booming is either just before the sun starts to rise at dawn and as the light is fading at dusk along the Causeway. Although this is the peak of the bitterns’ booming activity, they are being heard occasionally…

    • 12 Mar 2020
  • Signs of Spring

     Love is in the air at Leighton Moss as spring comes into full swing. If you arrive in the morning you will be greeted with a symphony of sound as birds sing to compete and court. Even one of our very special species are joining in. If you head up to the Causeway or Lower Hide just before the sun rises you might be able to hear bitterns booming. We have two booming males on-site, which is amazing since we have only had…

    • 5 Mar 2020