Adventuring RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve

14 March 2020

Last week we decided to escape away for a long weekend away in the Lake District, one of our favourite National Parks in the UK. On our way up to the Lakes we stopped off in Arnside & Silverdale for an explore around Leighton Moss RSPB nature reserve.

We'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. We were glad to have decided to put our wellies on before starting our walks, as most parts of some of the trails were flooded and we found ourselves wading through the water towards the hides and through the trails.

We walked in through the visitor centre and out into the garden trail where we saw lots of bug and bee hotels, hedgehog homes and bird feeders. We 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 we walked over to the pond and was happy to come and sit with us, but much more happy about being fed some seed! We walked over to the bird feeders which had a lot of attention from chaffinches and blue tits, that we 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 us in search for some seeds. I couldn't believe how close we were to a pheasant and Dan even hand fed the pheasant some food!

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

On our way to the Lower hide we wandered through a path that took us amongst the trees and we came across a bench that had some seeds left on the arm rests and we watched as the birds swooped down from the trees to take some of the food left for them. We 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 we spotted by the edge of the wetland. We then set off, wading again back through the flooded trail path until we reached the spot where we had left seeds for the birds. We 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 our heads and landed on my hand to take some seeds!

We made our way to the Skytower to have a look at the view across Leighton Moss, where we could see the views of the mountains in the distance and Morecambe Bay the other side. As it was starting to get later, we walked towards the other hides that we were yet to explore. On our way to the Tim Jackson hide and Grizedale hide Dan 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. Dan had a go too and held out some seeds and the robin flew straight onto his hand to take a few seeds. We also fed some ducks who waddled up to us on our way to the hides!

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

RSPB Leighton Moss & Morecambe Bay
Trail guide