Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Happy Birthday Leighton Moss

Birders flocked to the RSPB's Education Room at Leighton Moss on Saturday and Sunday (May 8/9) to enjoy a 50th Anniversary History Exhibition.

John Wilson, founder Warden at the reserve, was on hand to share memories of the RSPB's early days. But he also chipped in with the morning bulletin on the reserve's bearded tit population: although retired since 2000, John is still to be found most days down on the Moss. (NB the "beardies" are doing very well, apparently).

Jacqui Fereday -- the RSPB's Visitor Services Manager -- was kind enough to allow me to advertise my upcoming book on the history of the Moss at the exhibition, and I'm pleased to say there was much more interest than my photograph (right) indicates.

The event also gave me an opportunity to inspect some of the cracking photos that Jacqui and her colleagues have assembled for the anniversary including this nostalgic shot of the mid-1960's "Visitor Centre" on the reserve...or "hut" as it was more commonly known.

And this evocation of the joys of ditch-clearing, from a decade later.

The birthday events continue throughout the year at Myers Farm and visitors should look out for details of walks and the fun/informative history trail around the Moss.

Meanwhile I'm working with Carnegie Publishing of Lancaster to finish the book --"The Golden Bowl: A History of Leighton Moss" -- in time for a September launch.

Watch this space!