RSPB Leighton Moss is the largest reed bed in north-west England, it is near Morecambe Bay.
The reserve is mostly freshwater pools and marsh with extensive reed beds and surrounded by deciduous woodland of mainly willow and alder.
Bittern are present all year round, both breeding and wintering here, though that doesn't mean you will necessarily seen one of these cryptically camouflaged elusive birds.
Late autumn is the only time I've visited, but the variety of habitats and species is such that you should see at least 60 species. Species that you are more likely to see include Bearded Tits, Marsh Harrier and Water Rail, plus a good selection of woodland birds, wildfowl and waders.
There are 5 hides on the reserve but not all are accessible to wheelchairs.
A short distance away is RSPB Morecambe Bay reserve with two convenient hides that overlook pools and out to Morecambe Bay where you can see usually see Scoter and Eider bobbing up and down among the waves.
Below is a list of species I have observed on my visits to the two reserves.
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great White Egret
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