Popular warden to retire after 50 years

David Mower reed cutting.
David Mower reed cutting.

A well-known warden at RSPB Leighton Moss is to retire this week after 50 years’ involvement with the country’s largest nature conservation charity.

Growing up in Suffolk, on the edge of RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, David Mower began volunteering there from the age of 14, before becoming a member of staff at the age of 18.

His career then took him to several RSPB nature reserves around the country, before he arrived at Leighton Moss 28 years ago.

He said: “It has been a privilege to work for such a wonderful organisation that achieves so much for wildlife as the RSPB.

“With the struggles facing the environment today, it is more important than ever that wildlife receives such support, and I am proud to have been able to contribute to the fight to save it.”

Robin Horner, site manager at RSPB Leighton Moss, said: “David’s working life has been devoted to the creation and management of homes for nature. He is an expert in the requirements of reedbed and the wildlife that lives within it and has been instrumental in not only managing Leighton Moss, but also the development of new reedbed sites around the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. David has been a huge part of the Leighton Moss team and we thank him for his dedication.”