Lancashire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
5:57 PM 30th July 2022

Kickstart Your Big Wild Summer At RSPB Reserves In Lancashire

Nature-themed activities and fun days out will be on offer at Fairhaven Lake and Leighton Moss in Lancashire over the holidays as the RSPB announces its Big Wild Summer programme of events.

Family fun for all ages will take place throughout July and August, including the Big Wild Summer activity trails. Detective Hoot and Constable Crumbs are trying to solve a mystery – but they need some help. Youngsters can become nature detectives by joining them to learn all about the different habitats and wildlife at the reserve, what materials they use to build their homes, what time of day they are most active and how they find things they like to eat.

A special Big Wild Summer activity pack includes a mouse mask that’s perfect for creeping along the trail, fun wildlife activities, and instructions to make moon cookies for a midnight feast.  

Jo Taylor, Learning and Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Fairhaven Lake, said:
“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to the reserves to discover the wonders of nature at this time of year.

“Summer is a fantastic time to explore the great outdoors and we’ve got some amazing wildlife right here on our doorstep in Lancashire.

“Migratory birds such as swifts and swallows dart through the air, filling the skies with their songs, there are lots of baby birds around the lake, park and gardens too.

“Being close to the beach is ideal and beachcombing is a fabulous summer activity, we have seaside explorer backpacks available to aid your discoveries.You can also dip your toes in the sea.”

The self-led detective trail is aimed at children aged 3-11 years old, but grown-ups can of course join in the fun too. There’s no need to book, just turn up. Activity packs are available from the visitor centre and cost £3.50 each. 

Along with the summer trail, there will be other activities taking place at RSPB reserves throughout the holidays. At Fairhaven Lake, visitors can join in one of our Family Mud Dips and discover the wonders of the fabulous and nationally important Ribble Estuary. At RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve, visitors can join one of the reserve’s many guided walks or even try pond dipping.

Jon Carter, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Leighton Moss added:
“Impressive marsh harriers soar across the skies while red deer gather at the water’s edge. Look out for rare bitterns and otters too!”

“Our Big Wild Summer activities provide a fantastic opportunity for families to come together and explore the outdoors. They’re a really easy way to connect with nature, have lots of fun and make memories that will last forever.

“Whether you’re a regular visitor or you’ve never been to a nature reserve in your life, there’s something for everyone.” 

For full details of the Big Wild Summer events and activities taking place at RSPB Fairhaven Lake, Leighton Moss and other participating RSPB nature reserves, visit