A WELL-KNOWN warden at the Leighton Moss nature reserve has retired after five decades of involvement with the RSPB.

David Mower marked his half century with the charity in the same year as the Silverdale reserve celebrates its 50th anniversary.


Growing up in Suffolk, on the edge of RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, Mr Mower began volunteering there when he was just 14 years old – before becoming a member of staff at the tender age of 18.

His career then took him to several RSPB reserves around the country before he arrived at Leighton Moss 28 years ago.

“With the struggles facing the environment today, it is more important than ever that wildlife receives such support, and I am proud to have been able to contribute to the fight,” said Mr Mower.