Snorkelling on the mosses

I had to drop off a snorkel and face mask for my godson Spud (so named because of the uncanny resemblance he bore to a potato at birth – he’s much older now, but still has the look of a King Edward about him), so I detoured via Plex to have a butcher’s at the stubble fields.
Best not dwell too much on what a teenager needs a snorkel and face mask for in the late summer dry West Lancs farmlands, but at least the stubble fields were interesting, being hunted over by Kestrel, Common Buzzard and a fine young Marsh Harrier.

The Marsh Harrier repeatedly pitched into the stubble, presumably after invertebrates, when it wasn’t scattering Woodpigeons and Stock Doves on lazy forays into the stiffening westerly.
I was always the wrong side of the wind to get particularly close to the harrier, but it was fun watching it for half an hour or so before the raptors melted away and the heavy rain swept in.
Ahh, so that’s what he wanted the snorkel for….

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  1. “Butterflies in the Barn” is a special event which gives visitors the chance to discover more about our fluttering friends and their amazing life cycle. Children can make a butterfly feeder to take away with them to help give nature a home where they live. Drop-in sessions take place on Wednesday 16 August, between 1 and 3pm.
    Budding birdwatchers can visit “Birds in the Barn” on Wednesdays 23 August, where families can enjoy a fun orienteering session from the barn in the meadow at Leighton Moss. Drop-in between 1pm and 3pm.
    Families are also invited to uncover “What Lives Beneath?” to find out what weird and wonderful wildlife lurks in the deep, on this special pond dipping event! Sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Thursday 17 August.
    Ever been on safari? “Minibeast Safaris” at Leighton Moss offer a chance to become wildlife explorers and experience the fascinating world of creepy crawlies! Drop-in on Thursday 24 August between 10.30am and 12.30pm or 1.30pm and 3.30pm for a fantastic safari adventure.
    For the toddlers the lovely “Tots Tile Trail” is on offer, a self-led journey around the Leighton Moss sensory garden. Join this activity between 10.30am and 11.30am on Wednesday16 and 23 and Thursday 17 and 24 August.
    For more details on these events and other activities at Leighton Moss, visit the website rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss.

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