As the seasons turn, most people think about stocking up on grit to cover their paths and driveways but one Lancashire nature reserve will be using grit for a very different reason.
RSPB Leighton Moss’ special residents, the bearded tits, thrive in the reserve’s river bed and, as the colder months come in, switch their diet to eating the seeds of the reeds – with the help of grit.
Richard Miller, Assistant Warden at RSPB Leighton Moss, said: “The bearded tits switch their diet so they don’t have to migrate like other insect eating birds.
“However, as they don’t have teeth, they eat the grit to grind up the hard reed seed so they can digest it.
“It might not sound particularly appetising to us, but for the bearded tits, it is a vital ingredient of their meals.”
Visitors can look for bearded tits throughout October, but there are also some special Brilliant Beardies guided walks taking place from 9am until11 am on Sunday October 6, Thursday October 10, Saturday October 19 and Tuesday October 22.