Once in the site, you are pretty much guaranteed front row seats to the marsh harriers, head out to the Grisedale Hide which overlooks the reedbeds, wetland, and the fields on the intake of Warton Crag. From here, I sat and watched as the marsh harriers swooped above, hunting, and diving expertly to catch their pray. Sitting with a brew, bike resting outside, I felt content to watch and lose myself in the world of birds.
Most importantly being able to see these incredible raptors is testament to the hard-work of RSPB Leighton Moss, with their extensive reed cutting in summer and winter, and recent restoration of another 200 hectares of reedbed. The protection of their unique habitat by the RSPB has meant that these raptors have a place to migrate to and breed (hopefully successfully).
Plus, if you do get the chance to head out to Leighton Moss by bike (or even public transport) you get half-price entrance and a discount in the café! Obviously, with COVID restrictions, they are closed at the moment, but head to their website for any announcements and updates.
Here is a the route from Kendal to Leighton Moss created by Abi.