Whether it’s the starlings pecking for sausage roll crumbs on the high street, or a wild plant growing out of a gutter on the roof of a building. Each day there's nature around us that we often pass by without even noticing.
The seafront is a perfect habitat for species which inhabit marshlands, and over half of the whole Ribble Estuary is a National Nature Reserve.
The Ribble Estuary is the most important site in the UK for wintering wildfowl, with extensive mud and sand flats and one of the largest saltmarsh habitats in the country. It supports over 250,000 ducks, geese, swans and wading birds, and is internationally important for 16 species of wintering birds. The best times to see all this is in the autumn and winter months.
The birds running along the waters edge might look cute but they are trying to conserve vital energy and warmth while the tide is in and their feeding grounds are covered by water. Please don’t disturb them or let your dog run at them – they will just waste energy by flying away. That strength is difficult to replace when feeding grounds are covered and they can't eat.
In summer, the landscape is still active, when birds are nesting on the saltmarshes. Around the Ribble Nature Reserve you might be lucky enough to see three types of gull, common tern and redshank, skylark, meadow pipit and linnet, nesting on land which is managed by Natural England. Regions of saltmarsh are grazed by sheep and cattle in spring and summer to maintain the short grass on which wintering wildfowl rely. Look hard enough and you may see these birds nesting on the marshes at Lytham.
If you’re interested in the birdlife in the area, why not call in at the RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre, situated on the edge of Fairhaven Lake.
From the small but amazing through to the obvious and dramatic, with parks and open spaces plus all the collective back gardens, there's lots of wildlife in Lytham.
Of course there's the stunning scenery that changes every day, but also the snowdrop walks at Lytham Hall, the birds nesting in hedgerows and gardens, and the first daffodils.
If you want to share a sighting of something that made your day - however huge or small an event it is - then please send in your photos (jpegs) and stories to share through this section.
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