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Big Garden Birdwatch Bash
I've had to make the decision to cancel this coming Saturday's Big Garden Birdwatch event at The Lodge. The forecast is for snow and freezing conditions over the next two days, so it's best to be safe and not run the event. Big apologies for this. The reserve is looking stunning today...
17 Jan 2013
This was the lovely snowy scene at The Lodge late afternoon, today with the sun appearing on the horizon beyond Galley Hill.RSPB staff member Alastair McArthur had made the journey down from East Anglia and took this picture for us.
14 Jan 2013
A happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to you all. After a few days off over the Christmas break , I returned today, and shortly after, our regular Wednesday volunteer, David Hinton arrived. He headed off to clean the hide and check the trails and was rewarded with views of a firecrest,amongst a small...
2 Jan 2013
A very Merry Christmas to all
It's my last working day before Christmas, so a good time to have a quick look back on another exciting year at The Lodge reserve.The biggest wildlife surprise was when a pair of ravens started to nest build early in the New Year and successfully raised three young. We are still seeing them on a...
21 Dec 2012
Big Birch Bash
It was all action on the new heath yesterday. Over 50 members of staff from The Lodge HQ, along with our regular team of volunteers and various specialist staff from across the region descended for a day of clearing young birch saplings, to get the heath in great shape for next year.Over 4.5 hectares...
20 Dec 2012
Back with a bang
I've just returned home from a holiday in Gambia and back to The Lodge for the first day back today. These cold conditions take some getting used to! Luckily, I missed all of the bad rain and road closures due to floods in Little Paxton, where I live.While I've been away,a few good birds have...
10 Dec 2012
Glorious to gloomy
After a perfect, sunny, golden autumnal day yesterday, it's foggy, gloomy dank and still at The Lodge today. I had a walk along the trail from HQ and there was a lot of bird activity; tits, finches and goldcrests were foraging through the woodland,while great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches were...
15 Nov 2012
'Parasols' come in handy for the Fungi Foray
It really couldn't have been much wetter yesterday, but despite this over 40 people still rolled up ,waterproofed from head to foot, and went out in the tempest! Our hardy leader and renowned fungi man, Alan Outen,bravely took the groups out searching for some of the 700 + species that have been...
5 Nov 2012
I was very lucky this week; on Thursday I went over to the work compound here at The Gatehouse and a flock birds were in the bare sycamore tree in the work compound.I scanned through them, and to my great suprise, my binoculars locked onto a cracking hawfinch near the top of the tree! A very scarce bird...
3 Nov 2012
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