Harriers take to the sky over Leighton Moss

A young marsh harrier.
A young marsh harrier.

THERE are some wild and entertaining airborne antics on view now at the RSPB’s Leighton Moss nature reserve in Silverdale.

Young marsh harriers have started to take to the air and are thrilling visitors with their playful flights.

Visitor officer, Jen Walker, said: “We’ve been eagerly anticipating our young marsh harriers appearing and it’s very exciting to see them.

“We don’t yet know how many there will be, as the four nests are deep within the reeds and the first we see of the chicks are when they start to exercise their wings.

“New wetlands need to be created to further increase marsh harrier numbers and to help other rare and threatened species such as bitterns as well as lots of other wildlife.

“The RSPB is working with farmers and other land managers to restore and create areas of wildlife-rich wetlands and other habitats as part of Futurescapes, our national landscape-scale conservation programme.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (14-07-11) for full story.