Sensation At Leighton Moss

by David Murray on 3 November 2011

in Birds

There’s something very special happening on November evenings at the RSPB nature reserve, Leighton Moss, between Carnforth and Kendal. Yesterday Jen Walker wrote:

“Crowds of people are flocking to see a wilder alternative to watching fireworks this year at Leighton Moss. At this time of year the sky comes alive at dusk, as enormous flocks of starlings can be seen putting on a spectacular aeriel display above the reedbed.”
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Leighton Moss is a great place. I remember many years ago patrolling up and down on the paths around the reed beds, stalking an elusive bittern with my camera and long lens. (Got it eventually!) But in November the big evening show is put on by the swirling starlings. This interesting article, which is also informative about the rapidly declining starling population in the UK, describes the spectacle as “Fireworks with Feathers”. Jen continues:

“Throughout November at Leighton Moss there are ‘Starlings and Soup’ walks being held every Wednesday from 2.30 to about 4.30 pm to explore the reserve and then watch out for the starling roost. As a treat, there will be a mug of soup served afterwards to warm up. The cost is £5.40 for adults (RSPB members £3). There is no need to book, just turn up.”

Why not, as they say, “just turn up” and see the sights.

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