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.|
|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.