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  • Blog Post: Bank Holiday blues

    There's no disguising that it's been a very disappointing Bank Holiday with rain falling all day. Instead of greeting the crowds, I've been sweeping the cob-webs out of the hide and catching up with those jobs that have been sitting on the side of the desk for a while! To remind us of...
  • Blog Post: Last of the summer

    Our busy programme of August events reached a peak with a fantastic weekend of outdoor theatre with the Pantaloons. We did get very wet for a while yesterday afternoon during Treasure Island, but the cast carried on despite the weather and all of the audience stayed to watch - but with their umbrellas...
  • Blog Post: Summer shows are here again

    It's coming up to theatre time at The Lodge again this weekend. The Pantaloons will be performing - in their own quirky and inimitable style - both Much Ado about Nothing and Treasure Island. Much Ado is on Saturday 22 and Treasure Island, which is a family performance, will be on Sunday 23rd. There...
  • Blog Post: Success for the spots

    As summer slowly draws to a close ( it certainly feels less than summer like today!) the breeding season at The Lodge ends on a high, as our three spotted flycatcher chicks fledged on Saturday. It's hard to believe that they will soon be flying 1000's of miles to winter in Africa! The parents...
  • Blog Post: Natterjack news

    Helping protect rare natterjack toads Senior site manager Peter Bradley gives a shout-out to the fantastic team of colleagues who volunteered to help monitor natterjacks at The Lodge this year. With some key volunteers moving on, and the new warden Lizzie Bruce unable to start until mid-July, I...
  • Blog Post: A great night....

    Well ...another Big Wild Sleepout comes to an end and we had a wonderful time here at The Lodge. 65 people came to camp out and joined in with bat and twilight walks, making the camp fire and the Sandy Astronomical Society showed us some amazing night skies, the International Space Station right overhead...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleepout, birds and the bard!

    It's been a very busy fortnight at The Lodge. Last weekend we enjoyed the Pantaloons performing Pride and Prejudice in the sunshine on the lawns of RSPB HQ. They return on 22 August with Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing and finish with Treasure Island on Sunday 23. Prices, info and tickets...
  • Blog Post: Second brood on the way for the spotted flycatchers.

    Coming up the path from the hide on Thursday, I had a cursory glance at last year's spotted flycatcher nest hole in an old birch and was pleasantly surprised to see a spotted flycatcher tucked up and sitting inside. After the torrential rain on Friday and constant rain again today, I popped down...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife and events

    I have been working over the weekend and the main highlight has been the butterfly bonanza! Visitors have been giving me lists of the butterfly's around at the moment, with perhaps the highlights being marbled whites, brown argus, holly blue and an Essex skipper. A stoat was seen to catch a rabbit...
  • Blog Post: Back again!

    Hello all and apologies, as it's been a while since the last blog while I've been away on hols. Good news on my return however, this week the spotted flycatchers have been seen with two young in the area of birch towards the hide. They haven't been as easy to see this year and we haven't...
  • Blog Post: Greylag goose and goslings are the stars

    If you've been to The Lodge gardens recently you can't have failed to see the family of greylag geese that have been raised here are now happily wandering around like lords of the manor!. They are becoming quite an attraction, so I thought I'd put a couple of Ray Piercy pictures on the page...
  • Blog Post: Summer sale starts today!

    Come along to grab a bargain in The Lodge shop- the summer sale has just started!
  • Blog Post: Crossbills, flycatchers and Wild History

    The spotted flycatchers have been quite difficult to pin down and see this year, but Ernest, our volunteer who fills the bird feeders, had a quick glimpse of one this morning, on his walk to the hide. This is the most regular location for them, but they aren't guaranteed to be around - as I know...
  • Blog Post: Wild History 'Time Explorers'

    Would you like to be a Time Explorer and discover how ancient people shaped the natural world through their crafts.? Sunday is our Wild History event day at The Lodge- from 11 am to 5am. We will be running a series of great activities and demonstrations which you can take part in and enjoy. Watch...
  • Blog Post: Stoat family put on a show.

    You may have been captivated by the amazing films on Springwatch, of a family of stoats springing around and keeping everyone entertained as they go about raising their young at Minsmere? Well, we have just found out that we have our very own stoat family at The Lodge and over the weekend they were being...
  • Blog Post: Thanks for the fundraising Asha!

    A few weeks ago a family came into the Visitor Centre and dad Tim explained that his twelve year old daughter Asha was organizing a stand at Clophill fete, to fundraise for the RSPB. We gave Tim a box of info leaflets and goodies to sell and an RSPB banner to go on the stand. Afterwards, Asha wrote a...
  • Blog Post: From Stornoway to the Spring Fair

    From Stornoway to Spring Fair. Phew- it was an eventful weekend at The Lodge. Saturday night saw the indie folk band Stornoway play here to over 180 visitors and fans. Stornoway are keen bird watchers and wildlife fans and huge supporters of the RSPB, so played three acoustic 'gig's at RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Spring and Artists Fair- getting closer....

    Only six days to go until The Lodge Spring and Artist's Fair begins! We've got a great variety of stallholders and artists coming along and I've listed them all below. Hope you can make it here on Sunday. Catering by Le Café Crepe and ice-creams and snacks, wraps and sandwiches...
  • Blog Post: The Lodge welcomes the Biking Birder

    Gary Prescott, the Biking Birder has been to The Lodge on his RSPB fundraising tour of every RSPB reserve. The sun was shining as we went from the Gatehouse to HQ and a great reception was waiting to greet him ! Best of luck to Gary and many thanks from us all at The Lodge! Gary is now at Rye Meads and...
  • Blog Post: Any day now for the spotted flycatchers return

    Looking back on last year, the first spotted flycatcher was seen at The Lodge on 17 May, so only a few days to go if they are on schedule this year! We'll be hoping that they use the nest box in the back garden at the Gatehouse again, as this gives visitors a great close up view of the birds in...
  • Blog Post: Hobby fest

    May is starting like April is expected to be, lovely sunny periods then big blustery showers! At least the very strong winds have died down today, and for most of the day the reserve has looked on top form in the sunshine, with full leafed trees, bluebells, wisteria and rhododendron bushes in full flower...
  • Blog Post: This year's Dawn Chorus

    The alarm went off at 4 am this morning and it was straight down to the reserve to greet the 30+ other 'early birds' who arrived for this year's Dawn Chorus. The forecast was for heavy rain, so were relieved that it was just dull and a little drizzly when we set off, although it started to...
  • Blog Post: Hobby's are back

    I had a lucky few minutes over at the Visitor Centre yesterday. Just as I arrived and looked out over the new heath, a hobby flew across and landed in the large pines on the road side of the heath. Although I saw one at another site at the weekend, it's always good to know they have arrived back...
  • Blog Post: Bluebells are blooming

    One of the sp ring highlights at The Lodge is the wonderful display of bluebells on the path to the gardens. It seems that it's becoming more and more popular to come and enjoy these sweet scented flowers and last week a Canadian lady, who was staying in Cambridge on holiday, called me as she'd...
  • Blog Post: Some images of birds and insects at The Lodge this month

    I'm have recently been sent a lot of images that have been taken of birds here at The Lodge this month, so I thought I'd add a selection here to share with you. On the reserve, most of the migrants are here now, with cuckoo, whitethroat and garden warbler the most recent arrivals- and two...