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Fun at RSPB Leighton Moss

Summer is a fantastic time to visit RSPB Leighton Moss. This Silverdale nature reserve is the largest reedbed in North West England and home to some amazing and very special wildlife.

What better way to experience this magical place than with a relaxing stroll around the reserve?

This summer, the star of the Leighton Moss show is undoubtedly the majestic marsh harrier. Once a very rare sight, marsh harriers are now commonly spotted gliding over the reedbed at Leighton Moss. The warmer months are a great time to go and try to see this large bird of prey and if you are lucky enough you might even spy the energetic youngsters as they learn how to fly and catch food for themselves.

Juvenile Marsh Harrier for Press Release (copyright David Mower)

Taking in the view from the one of the hides, you might also catch a glimpse of a red deer or an otter. Otters are regular visitors to some of the deep pools on the nature reserve and can often be seen catching fish and playing, even during the middle of the day.

From the largest residents, down to the smallest, Leighton Moss is home to all manner of fabulous creatures and summer is the best time of year to spot some incredible winged insects. Beautiful butterflies like the comma, or prehistoric looking dragonflies like the impressive broad bodied chaser zip along the paths, adding fleeting but magical moments to a sunny afternoon meander.

There is plenty for families to get stuck into during the summer holidays at Leighton Moss. From mini beast safaris, to pond dipping ‘events, there’s no shortage of wild adventures to have a go at. Children can have great fun discovering nature by taking part in seasonal activity quizzes or turning detective with Wildlife Explorer Backpacks, available to hire from the visitor centre all year round.

After all of that fresh air visitors can buy a treat in the gift shop and enjoy a home-made meal in the award-winning café. Pride is placed on sourcing high quality, fresh, local produce. There’s also a ‘fledgling’ menu for the kids. With the profits helping to give nature a home, it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a delicious cake with a pot of refreshing Fairtrade tea or coffee. Get 10% discount in the café if you travel to the nature reserve by public transport or by bike.



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