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RSPB Leighton Moss

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.

What You Might See
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bearded Tit
Bittern
Blackbird
Black-headed Gull
Black-tailed Godwit
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Buzzard
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Collared Dove
Common Gull
Coot
Cormorant
Curlew
Dunlin
Dunnock
Ferruginous Duck
Fieldfare
Gadwall
Goldcrest
Goldeneye
Goldfinch 
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Great White Egret
Green Woodpecker
Greenfinch
Greenshank
Grey Heron
Greylag Goose
Herring Gull
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Lapwing
Little Egret
Little Grebe
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Marsh Tit
Mistle Thrush
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Nuthatch
Peregrine
Pheasant
Pied Wagtail
Pintail
Pochard 
Raven
Red-breasted Merganser
Redpoll
Redshank
Redwing
Reed Bunting
Robin
Rook
Ross's Goose
Ruddy Duck
Shelduck
Short-eared Owl
Shoveler
Siskin
Skylark
Snipe
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Spotted Redshank
Starling
Stonechat
Teal
Treecreeper
Tufted Duck
Water Rail
Wigeon
Willow Tit
Wood Pigeon
Wren 


Last revision: 21 Feb 2015
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