Wednesday, 30 October 2013

5 Great Reasons to Love Leighton Moss

The BBC's Autumnwatch 2013 and 2014 was broadcast from the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss and we're lucky enough to have it right on our doorstep.  It's a spectacular place to visit at any time of the year, and here are five of the best reasons why.

 
1. The birds. Well of course I have to mention them first, it's an RSPB reserve.  Whether you're a bird watcher extraordinaire or a rank amateur inspired by programmes like Aumunwatch to get out there and have a closer look, there's something for you.  I've labelled the ones I can, though I may well have made some mistakes, I'm still learning so do feel free to comment and tell me the ones I've got wrong.

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
One of the many feeding spots around the reserve
Common Teal
Starlings
Marsh Tit?
Nuthatch
Tree creeper
Avocet
Black Tailed Godwits
Lapwing
Marsh Harriers with Hutton Roof Crags in the background
Osprey
Snipe
Snipe
Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier
Egret
Robin
Blue Tit
Heron
Greylag Geese
Snipe with dinner!
Cormorants or Shags?
Black Headed Gull
A tree full of egrets
2. The reed beds.  Towering over you as you walk around the reserve they look, and sound, fantastic as well as providing a habitat for nesting and migrating birds.







 



3.  The deer.  Only two photos as they are generally very shy, but they are well worth looking out for.





4.  The views.  The reserve is surrounded by the most amazing backdrop, from the limestone layers of Hutton Roof Crags to the vast open expanses of Morecambe Bay.














5. The food.  The cafe at Leighton Moss is as spectacular as any of the wildlife and their carrot cake is legendary.

Legendary carrot cake
A posh packed lunch for a birthday treat

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