Adventuring RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve

14 March 2020

I've been absolutely loving visiting different RSPB locations over the past few months and Leighton Moss caught my eye as I was looking for places close to the Lake District. It has the largest reed bed in the north-west England and is home to some spectacular wildlife. I was glad to have decided to put wellies on before starting the walk, as most parts of some of the trails were flooded and I found myself wading through the water towards the hides and through the trails.

I walked in through the visitor centre and out into the garden trail where I saw lots of bug and bee hotels, hedgehog homes and bird feeders. I walked over to a little pond where a female duck was floating on the water with her beak tucked into her feathers. She woke up as I walked over to the pond and was happy to come and sit with me, but much more happy about being fed some seed! I walked over to the bird feeders which had a lot of attention from chaffinches and blue tits, that I saw swooping to and from each feeder. I spotted a pheasant which appeared from below the feeders, who seemed very friendly and came up to me in search for some seeds.

There was this peaceful energy sweeping through Leighton Moss, I felt so relaxed walking through the trails and taking in the views and all the wildlife that was surrounding me. I walked across the boardwalk amongst the reed bed and then along the trail for the Causeway hide and Lower hide. As I made my way towards the first hide I heard plenty of geese and ducks and saw many types of birds flying overhead and looking out of the windows in the Causeway hide I could see the mountains in the distance.

On my way to the Lower hide I wandered through a path that took me amongst the trees and I came across a bench that had some seeds left on the arm rests and I watched as the birds swooped down from the trees to take some of the food left for them. I stopped off at the Lower hide to eat some lunch whilst watching the geese fly over the wetland and took some photos of lapwings and cormorants that I spotted by the edge of the wetland. I then set off, wading again back through the flooded trail path until I reached the spot where I had left seeds for the birds. I spent a while taking photos of the little blue tits, great tits, robins and chaffinches that were in the trees and collecting seeds. I decided to grab a handful of seeds and hold out my hand towards the birds and within a minute or so a great tit swooped over my heads and landed on my hand to take some seeds!

I made my way to the Skytower to have a look at the view across Leighton Moss, where I could see the views of the mountains in the distance and Morecambe Bay the other side. As it was starting to get later, I walked towards the other hides that I was yet to explore. On my way to the Tim Jackson hide and Grizedale hide, I spotted a robin who was perched singing on a tree branch. I walked slowly over to the robin and held out a couple of seeds in my hand and straight away the robin flew onto my hand and was sat for a while pecking at the seeds.

After exploring the last two hides I made my way back to the start and back to the garden again where I left the last of the seeds for the birds.

RSPB Leighton Moss & Morecambe Bay
Trail guide