Wednesday, 20 August 2014

On the Train.

I read recently while researching nature reserves, that RSPB Leighton Moss reserve is only 500 yards from Silverdale Train station. As I have never travelled any distance on a train, I thought this may be worth a look. Initially, I was put off by what I consider to be extortionate fares for train travel. The cheapest I could find was around £100 return. Then, I looked at booking in advance. I booked the ticket 4 weeks in advance, and got a return for £18. That's more like it.

So yesterday was the day, and I boarded the train at Tamworth at 8.30am. A couple of train changes later and I was at Leighton Moss reserve by 11.40am. A very comfortable and stress free journey.

Apparently, all journeys change at Crewe?
Time for a Cuppa on Route.
Silverdale Station.
RSPB Leighton Moss

I had five hours on this great reserve. I hoped to see some Bearded Tits, but not this time. There was however plenty to see. Including two Great White Egrets.

Great White Egret.

Some views around the reserve.

Probably the highlight of my visit was a small heard of Red Deer appearing out of the reed beds in the distance. One of the Hinds had one of this years calfs with her. I watched them for a good while. Obviously, I used the phone through my scope to record the sighting.

I'm sure if I can acquire return train travel at that price again, I will be going back in the not too distant future.

2 mins walk to the Reserve from here.

Scope, tripod, binoculars and the days essentials packed up for the return trip.

That was the best £18 I have spent in a long time.


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