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Over the Bank Holiday weekend we managed to get away in the caravan to Bolton-le-Sands. We took the Bird Feeders with us but unfortunately we were pitched in the centre of a field away from trees and hedges. The weather was glorious sunny days and cold nights with a hard frost on Friday and Saturday night reminding us that although we are in May we still need to be vigilant and protect any tender plants or blossoms with Fleece and Cloches. We had a walk on the coast which was grassy salt marsh with saltwater pools and mudflats which are teaming with food for birds this makes it the most important estuary in Britain for its seabird and waterfowl populations and attracts the third largest number of wintering wildfowl in Britain. Morecambe Bay is unique and is a designated Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Wetland of International Importance and a designated European Marine Site (Ems).

The Rockpool Guide

We took our fishing nets, a couple of buckets and our Rockpool Guide (a very handy, waterproof 6 page leaflet which makes identifying Shells, Anemones, Seaweed, Crabs etc. very easy) we caught a few crabs, some Brown shrimps and some tiny fish in the pools. The tide was on its way in so we went to the waters edge and started fishing again but this time we were catching Ladybirds! Floating on the surface of the water there were hundreds of Ladybirds amongst the seaweed and debris, they must have been on the grassy salt marsh and got caught by the incoming tide. We rescued as many as we could but soon realised that they would probably be alright as the tide does comes in twice a day, everyday, but we had fun!

Fishing for Ladybirds

Rescued Ladybirds

Next stop was the RSPB’s Nature Reserve at Leighton Moss it’s the largest reedbed in the north-west and a haven for many species of birds and is my son Thomas’s favourite place. We went well prepared with a pencil, wildlife diary, binoculars and our Guide to Wetland Birds (a 12 page guide featuring 49 common wetland birds) which was invaluable and we managed to spot most of the birds on it. One species of bird that we saw which wasn’t on the guide was an Osprey and we were lucky to see not one but three, one of which was carrying a fish in its claws, another rare visitor we spotted was a Glossy Ibis a dark brown long-legged wading bird more commonly found in Southern Europe these were the highlight of the day and the weekend.

Guide to Wetland Birds

When I get back to the office I shall have to invest in a Guide to Ladybirds of the British Isles so that we can identify which one of the 46 Ladybird species found in the British Isles we rescued and have a look at the other Wildlife Guides that we stock too, they are very child friendly and easy to use with lovely illustrations, making them perfect for every little wildlife enthusiast.

Guide to Ladybirds of the British Isles

So get out there wildlife spotting you don’t need to be in a nature reserve to find something unusual they could be just around the corner or even in your back garden.

Enjoy your environment

Gill

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