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  • Blog Post: Advanced Warning: path closure

    Tomorrow (Saturday 18th June 2016) the Saturday work party will be replacing the steps between Jacks Pond and the driveway. This short section will therefore be closed. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Blog Post: Spring is here

    Today is officially the first meteorological day of spring, and after a wet and grey start, the afternoon sunshine gave the feel of a real spring time day. We are hoping it will stay sunny over the weekend, as we have our Give Nature a Home festival on Sunday, and binocular and telescope demonstrations...
  • Blog Post: Wind turbine completion

    After the excitement of the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend, I realised I hadn't popped an image of the completed wind turbine on this page. The blades were put in place very early on Sunday morning, which turned out to be a damp and dull day to finish the job. The turbine is now tested and commissioned...
  • Blog Post: The Big Garden Birdwatch

    The 1st Great Barford Brownies kicked off our Big Garden Birdwatch event at The Lodge today, and smiled through the drizzle and rain! Many of the Brownies had already completed their own Big Garden Birdwatch surveys at home, and came along for a guided walk to see the birds at The Lodge. Large flocks...
  • Blog Post: Progress today on the wind turbine.

    The towers to the wind turbine have been put in place today. As you can see from the magnificent sunrise, the team were here very early to make a start. It's now just the blades to install to finish the main structure.This could happen over the weekend, depending ironically on the strength of the...
  • Blog Post: day one...the wind turbine arrives.

    The wind turbine has arrived in sections today, causing great excitement as we watched the police convoy escorting the huge blades past the entrance. We'll post a few pictures showing the development of the turbine as construction progresses. Senior Site manager Peter Bradley has been monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Lesser spotted woodpecker returns

    There's been a couple of sightings of the much sought after lesser-spotted woodpecker today, in different areas of the Sandy Ridge trail. The first was where the pylons cut through the woodland on the top of the trail, and another a little further along, on a line of trees nearer the wind turbine...
  • Blog Post: November dragonfly!

    After this mornings post in the fog and gloom, the sun suddenly appeared and blazed in a pure blue sky after lunch-time, and it's been a gorgeous autumn afternoon here. What we didn't expect on the first day of November was to see a southern hawker dragonfly around the pools in the gardens! Graham...
  • Blog Post: Autumn and fungi

    Apologies for the delay since the last posting. I've been away in the Yorkshire Dales, adding Black Grouse for my 200th UK bird of the year, but looking in envy at all of the great birds arriving on the east coast. The Lodge is starting to look more autumnal and gaining a lovely golden hue, but...
  • 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: 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: 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: Summer sale starts today!

    Come along to grab a bargain in The Lodge shop- the summer sale has just started!
  • 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: 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: At last, a great image of the lesser spott!

    I've been waiting for a good picture of our lesser spotted- woodpecker, and now I've got one! Ray Valpier took this brilliant shot, so a very big thanks to him. The first cuckoo of the year was calling here this morning - exactly the same date as last year!
  • Blog Post: Lesser spotted woodpecker and new spring arrivals

    Although it can be a frustrating search for many - the lesser spotted woodpecker is still around and the lucky few ( including me this morning! ) have had views of it working through the birches, mainly in the area to the W of the pylons at the bottom of the Sandy Ridge trail. It seems to be best seen...
  • Blog Post: Youngster finds the goodies!

    A father and young son popped into the shop late this afternoon for some ID advice. The lad had shots on his camera of a pair of bramblings, several lesser redpolls and a female linnet that he'd taken around the pond at the hide! They'd also seen nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, stock dove...
  • Blog Post: Early spring birds are arriving.

    Just checking on the Bird News forums and there is plenty of activity around the country, with wheatears, garganey, osprey, swallow and sand martins all arriving over the last week. No reports of any early migrants at The Lodge yet, but we should get the first chiffchaff or maybe a wheatear on Sandy...
  • Blog Post: 25 years working at The Lodge!

    Two of our staff members at The Lodge reached their 25th anniversary working for the RSPB this week, Anne Watson, who is now the retail shop manager and Linda Pallister, sales assistant, both joined in the same week in 1990 and have worked together at the RSPB shop at Sandy ever since they started. RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Stoats in the snow

    The main action on the reserve away from the busy bird feeders has been the regular sightings of a stoat around the Gatehouse. This little creature is often seen whizzing around in pursuit of an unfortunate rabbit - which it invariably catches - and today it charged through the snow and caught another...
  • Blog Post: Snow on Sandy

    We arrived at The Lodge this morning to find much more snow than we expected. It seems that most of the areas south of us had none at all, but I went out with the camera this morning so I have proof of how white it was here! Although the feeders are busy and bustling with lots of chaffinches, tits...