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Wetlands | Leighton Moss


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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. Among its special birds are breeding Bitterns, Bearded Tits and Marsh Harriers, with water rails and Pochards, and its mammals include Roe and Red Deer. Of the five birdwatching hides, four have wheelchair access. Children, as well as adults, will enjoy finding out more about the reserve from the displays in the visitor centre.

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The British Isles was once a wet, marshy place. Despite the loss of many natural wetlands, they are still amazing places to enjoy the natural world.

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Leighton Moss - Visitor Guide

Address:Leighton Moss, Near Carnforth, Lancashire.
Telephone:01524 701601
Key attractions: Wildlife watching wading birds, butterflies and moths, amphibian life, freshwater fish.
Essential kit:Waterproof clothes and footwear, binoculars (can be hired on site).
Nature watching:Visitors can borrow a Wild Explorers' pack with guidebooks, binoculars and pens/note pads. Best season: see the Bitterns February to May.
Access:Wheelchairs: one wheelchair available for loan. Largely wheelchair accessible.
Getting there:Five miles north of Carnforth, Leighton Moss is signposted from the A6 north of Junction 35 of the M6. By train Silverdale 200 yards.
Opening times:Reserve - daily (closed 25 December) 9 am to 9 pm or dusk; visitor centre - daily 9.30 am to 5 PM, 9.30 am to 4.30 PM November to January inclusive.
Charges:Adult £4.50, child £1, concession £3, family ticket £9.
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