54 pictures from the past including TV presenter Bill Oddie as RSPB Leighton Moss celebrates 60th anniversary

This year marks a major milestone in the history of RSPB Leighton Moss.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds first leased the large wetland site on the outskirts of Silverdale back in 1964 primarily to protect its rarest inhabitant, the Bittern.

This year the RSPB will celebrate its 60th anniversary at what is today the largest reed bed in the North West attracting around 90,000 visitors annually.

Staff and volunteers are planning a host of nature events throughout this year to mark the special occasion but in the meantime, we’ve had a look back through our archives.

These 54 pictures show a variety of events held at Leighton Moss over the years as well as some stunning scenes of nature.