It's the End of the 2017-18 L.O.S. Season

Well, the L.O.S. presentation and fieldtrip season is over for another year and we now look forward to a summer break to recharge our batteries and get ready for the new 2018-19 season which starts in September.

We have a new Fieldtrips Officer, Paul Pennington, who will be taking over the planning and fieldtrip arrangements from September onwards. I'm sure we'll have lots of great places to visit, as usual, some old, some new but always great days out.  There is no charge for these (except petrol-sharing costs and parking/entrance fees on a few reserves) and everyone is welcome to come along and bring friends and family.

If you'd like to contact Paul with some ideas for new fieldtrips within an hour and a half traveling distance of Leigh, he can be reached using the following email address:  leighos.trips@gmail.com or via a private message on one of our two Facebook groups:

www.facebook.com/groups/leighos
www.facebook.com/groups/leighosnaturephotos

The new fieldtrip programme will be announced on this website during the summer, as will the Friday night indoor meeting programme of presentation talks in the Derby Room at Leigh Library.

We also now have a members-only L.O.S. WhatsApp Chat group which can be used for chatting to L.O.S. members in-between meetings and frieldtrips and which may occasionally be used for arranging additional fieldtrips at short notice in-between the planned ones.

If you'd like to join the L.O.S. WhatsApp Chat group, please contact me, Martyn Jones using either of the two Facebook addresses above or by email using the following address: leighos.webmaster@gmail.com.

So we now look forward to having a great new season with lots of old and hopefully some new faces joining us in our forthcoming presentation and fieldtrip programmes.

L.O.S. Fieldtrip to Bempton Cliffs RSPB - Sunday 13th May 2018


This is the last formal L.O.S. fieldtrip of the 2017/18 season and what a cracker it will be. Bempton Cliffs RSPB on the east Yorkshire coast never fails to deliver at this time of year. Gannets, Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Guillemots, Fulmars and Puffins are a nailed on certainty in this massive and spectacular seabird colony.

There could also be a supporting case of Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Rock Doves, Tree Sparrows and many more farmland birds. If there is time and the inclination, we may visit another reserve along the coast too.

Meet at Doctors Nook car park in Leigh for an early start at 7am to arrive at Bempton Cliffs car park at around 9:30 to 9:45am. If you are not an RSPB member there is a small charge for parking. Please tell us in the comments below if you intend to go straight there. No need to say if you can't make it.

So everyone is welcome for our final trip of the season - it will be fantastic.

P.S. A recent sightings board from Bempton Cliffs RSPB:


L.O.S. Presentation - Friday 4th May 2018

Please note that there has been a change to the presentation originally advertised


This talk is a result of three separate trips to this amazing country. Lots of photos of the brilliant birdlife, the fantastic variety of species and colours. Funny stories about safe birding in this superb country and unsafe birding like when I fell into the swamp and the time I almost stepped on a crocodile, the £500 photograph and how not to wake up with frogs in your shoes!

Meet at 7:15pm in the Derby Room at Leigh Library for a 7:30pm start. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to come to this, our last presentation of the 2017/18 season.

L.O.S. Fieldtrip to Bolton Abbey - Saturday 28th April 2018


For a change this year we have decided to run two Saturday fieldtrips for those who can't make Sundays and this, the second of them, is to Bolton Abbey near Skipton in Yorkshire. It takes about 90 minutes to get there via the M65 motorway and there is an admission fee which covers entry to the grounds and parking which is £10 per car. We hope to share the costs of this by getting four people in each parked car when we arrive making it just £2.50 each.

The walk itself is along one side of the River Wharfe and returning along the other. It's 5-6 miles in length with the only toilets at the Cavendish Cafe at the beginning and end of the walk. We can have a packed lunch at the first bridge where some may decide to return. However there is a further bridge another 15 minutes up the river and it is well worth going to this as currently there are Mandarin Duck, Common Sandpiper and a Treecreeper nest there along with House Martins, Sand Martins and Swallows.

Strid Woods at Bolton Abbey is usually home to three superb summer migrant birds: the Wood Warbler, the Redstart and the Pied Flycatcher and we could see all three on our trip although on a recent recognisance trip no Redstarts or Wood Warblers were currently being seen or heard.

It's a beautiful place with many Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Goosander on the River Wharfe and all the common woodland birds you would expect.

Meet at Doctors Nook car park at the slightly earlier time of 7:30am to arrange car sharing and minimise the number of cars travelling from Leigh - please note there is a charge at Doctors Nook car park on Saturdays. Bring a packed lunch and appropriate footwear. Everyone is welcome.

L.O.S. Presentation - Friday 6th April 2018


"The Society - A Wondrous Tale"

Dave Wilson

This will be one of our founding member’s reminiscences of the evolution of The Leigh Ornithological Society – its historical connections, its aims, its characters and achievements and its future fortunes.

Pictures and music will supplement the story telling.