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 the expansive reeds, snoozing path-side tawny owl, great white egrets stalking for prey, merlin in pursuit of a panicked starling and dazzling bearded tits still coming to grit on the trays! Sheer magic. 

Our wardens and volunteers have been very busy, as always. Visitors have noticed plumes of smoke emanating from the depths of the reserve, as the team have been toiling on a winter reed cut. This helps improve the health of the reedbed by stimulating new growth and it also benefits many of our special wildlife. The work never stops! (Pic by Patrick Keating)       

If you are planning to visit us over the festive period for some nature therapy or to visit the shop or café we’ll be open 10am to 4pm daily except:  

Christmas Eve - Closed

Christmas Day - Closed

Boxing Day - Closed

We will also be shut on Monday January 4 and Tuesday January 5

From all of us at Leighton Moss we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a much improved New Year! 

Stay safe, keep well and we hope to see you soon.