The Skytower at Leighton Moss

Cee’s Black&White Photo Challenge:Steps: The Skytower at Leighton Moss.

As the largest reedbed in North West England, Leighton Moss is home to a fantastic variety of wildlife, including rare reedbed birds and playful otters.-RSPB website

We’ve climbed these steps a few times on our frequent visits to this Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) reserve at Leighton Moss in Lancashire. On the morning the Skytower was opened, there were sightings of Great White Egrets, Marsh Harriers, Red Deer and much more besides.

Skytower leighton Moss RSPB reserve

The Skytower at Leighton Moss ©HelenBushe

 

The Skytower will not only provide a heightened spectacle for visitors, but it will also be easier for our staff and volunteers to monitor the nests of some of the reserve’s most iconic birds. From the top of the tower, rare reedbed birds, such as bitterns and marsh harriers, will be easier to spot going into and out of their nest sites, making it more straightforward to find out if breeding has taken place and how many nests we have. This is vital when it comes to making the reedbed the best possible home for them. – RSPB website

Leighton Moss is always worth a visit, whether it be for birdwatching, red deer spotting, butterfly and dragonfly hunting, or just a nice stroll around the reserve ending with coffee and cake in their coffee shop. It has the added advantage of being situated in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastal areas of England around the village of Silverdale.

For a list of recent sightings click here.

 

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