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 alongside the trails. Out in the reedbed the bitterns continue to boom and up to three pairs of marsh harrier appear to have chosen their sites for this year's nests.

Ospreys are a daily occurrence (not something we would have thought a decade ago!) as local breeders pop by to fish and northbound migrants move through; keep an eye out as these large raptors pass overhead. Our first common sandpiper of the spring dropped onto the island on Causeway Pool yesterday (9 April) and we should expect to record our first reed warblers and sedge warblers of the season in the next few days – the sound of those fabulous songs emanating from the depths of the reedbeds truly signals the onset of summer for me!

Our shop will reopen on Monday (12) in accordance with Government guidelines.

 I am very happy to say that once again you will be able to choose from a wide selection of bird foods, feeders and wildlife care products along with lovely nature-themed home-wear, gifts and books for all ages.

Of course we always stock a great range of binoculars, 'scopes and accessories and our friendly team will be on hand to answer all your questions and help you find the perfect optics for your requirements!

All the trails and paths on the reserve are open, as is the Skytower. Our café is offering a takeaway service and there is a staffed welcome area, open daily from 9.30am - 5pm where you can find out the latest news and access information.  

We look forward to seeing you!

Jon

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