The largest remaining reedbed in North West England, with shallow meres and fringing sedge and woodland, attracts a wonderful range of wildlife to Leighton Moss. Its wetland wonderland attracts a wonderful range of wildlife from rare birds to mammals and moths.
Leighton Moss is a mosaic of reedbeds, shallow open water and dykes, with areas of mixed fen, scrub and grassland. You can explore its range of habitats including saltwater lagoons, rich in crustaceans, and the freshwater wetland.
The Bitterns are one of Britain's largest and rarest birds characterised by its stocky brown body and pointy bill. Its distinctive fog horn 'boom' can be heard from a great distance and they love to feed on Eels in the freshwater wetland area of the reserve. This booming is best heard at this site during spring.
The saltwater lagoons nearby, on the edge of Morecambe Bay have a totally separate eco system from the rest of the wetland and attracts different types of birds. The lagoon's food supply including Flounder and Crustacea makes it a rich feeding ground for many birds.
There are five birdwatching hides at the RSPB reserve, four with wheelchair access. As well as two further hides overlooking the expanse of Morecambe Bay with its flocks of wintering waders and wildfowl.
You can also take your pick of long or short nature trails - shorter ones are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Best time to see Bitterns - February to May. Wide variety of birds throughout the year. Wildlife watching wading birds, butterflies and moths, amphibian life, freshwater fish.
On site facilities include: Car Park, Visitor Centre, 7 hides, tea room, 3 nature trails of different lengths, shop. Toilets including disabled. Picnic area.
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