I had wrestled the TV remote from the wife and finally managed to watch an old episode of Autumn Watch which was being filmed at RSPB Leighton Moss near Morecambe Bay. It looked impressive on the TV so I decided to give it a visit and find out for myself.
An early start, a quick coffee, followed by traffic jams around Manchester and then eventually after two and a half hours I arrived at the site but an hour before the visitor centre opened, so I decided to visit the 2 RSPB hides just down the road. However the van wouldn't fit under the railway bridge so I had to park at the top of the track and walk an extra half mile to the car park. I then spent a couple of hours visiting the Allen hide and the aptly named Eric Morcambe hide; by the time I returned to the van i had already logged at least 20 species of bird including Avocet, Redshank, and Black Tailed Godwit ,
I then made my way to the visitor centre at Leighton Moss for one of the best breakfasts I've had in a while, and then a walk out onto the reserve visiting the Sky Tower and all the 5 hides. The highlight of the day was watching a Little Egret fishing and about half a dozen Marsh Harriers entertaining the crowds.
In all a truly excellent day out, the facilities here are superb, and my new favourite place. Highly recommended