Leighton Moss is an RSPB reserve in north Lancashire. This large area of reedbeds, saltwater mudflats and lagoons on Morecambe Bay always has something interesting to see. It is near to home and a favourite place of ours to visit at any time of year. In winter it is home to plenty of wildfowl and waders and we enjoy watching the geese and ducks. If you are lucky on a winter evening you might witness the swirling shapes of a starling murmuration and we almost always see one of the marsh harriers crossing the reed beds on hunting patrol.
As well as birds, Leighton Moss is home to plenty of memorial benches as it is a special place for many people. I stop to read most of them and this one caught my eye on a recent visit. Marlene Jeanette Aliberti sounds like a special woman that was surrounded by generations of love.
My research suggests that Marlene Jeanette Aliberti lived in the Rugby area. Her husband Martin Aliberti left a positive review on this monumental mason’s business after a stone was carved for her grave. I also found that someone donated to Rugby’s Tree of Light in 2020 in Marlene Jeanette Aliberti’s name. It is a long drive from Rugby to Morecambe Bay and I am pleased she loved this special place that we have made our home. I wonder if she was a keen birdwatcher and I am sure Marlene Jeanette Aliberti continues to be remembered with love by her family. I will certainly stop and think of her next time I pass her memorial bench. Maybe now you will too.