Six great birding sites in Lancashire
In Lancashire we are fortunate to have some of the best natural spots for everyone to enjoy which are home to a wide variety of wildlife.
As well as being home to fantastic greenery and wildlife, these places are also prime spots to enjoy northern bird species.
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While there are plenty of pigeons and seagulls to be seen in the city, further into the nature reserves and the countryside are a variety of wild bird species.
Here are some of the best places to visit for bird watching in Lancashire.
Forest of Bowland
Right in the heart of the North West is one of Lancashire’s ideal locations for bird watching.
Above unspoiled landscapes and hills, bird watchers will be able to spot many birds, as the moors are a major breeding ground for highland birds.
As a designated Special Protection Area under the EU Birds Directive, these birds will continue to be protected in their natural habitats.
Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve
As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Morecambe Bay is home to the largest remaining reed bed in the northwest.
Leighton Moss is famous for its rare, but accessible breeds of birds, such as nesting bitterns, great tits, marsh harriers and avocets.
During the summer there are spectacular views of marsh harriers displaying acrobatic passes for food and dazzling dragonflies and damselflies glistening in the sun.
Marton Mere Nature Reserve
Towards the edge of Blackpool lies this tranquil nature reserve where over 140 species of birds have migrated.
Marton Mere is known as Lancashire’s most important site for the reproduction of the Little Grebe and for its populations of Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Mallard, Pochard and Northern Shoveler.
Rossall Point Observation Tower
The contrasting images of the modern observation tower with the natural coastal scenery of Rossall Point create ideal conditions for bird watching.
There are two bird watching decks on the beach to the Irish Sea and across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Hills and Forest of Bowland.
Brockholes Nature Reserve
Lancashire’s premier bird watching location and home to hundreds of species of birds and wildlife.
Here, bird watchers can find a variety of landscapes of lakes, marshes and reed beds, all skillfully created and maintained to accommodate a range of birds.
Perfect for a family day out also to spot other wild animals and insects in and around the nature reserve.
Heysham Nature Reserve
Meadow pipits, sedge warblers, white throats, chicks, greenfinches, linnets and grasshopper warblers are just a few of the nesting species that can be seen in Heysham Nature Reserve.
Full of bird songs and breathtaking views, this bird watching spot is a great place for a day in nature.
Also a prime location to spot rare migraine birds in the spring.
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