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  • Blog Post: Sky news interview at The Lodge

    http://news.sky.com/story/one-in-seven-species-faces-extinction-from-great-britain-10577407 Our Senior Site manager Peter Bradley did a piece on the new heath at The Lodge for Sky News yesterday, as a story on the State of Nature report, that is published today.
  • Blog Post: Birds eye view of The Lodge and beyond!

    We had a very strenuous, hot and steep climb to the top of the wind turbine today! Dressed as if we were making an ascent to Everest, we hitched to the steep metal ladders inside the column and got our muscles working as we climbed the three sections to reach the opening at the very top. The views over...
  • Blog Post: First flyover of the 'Flying bum'

    The morning started well with two spotted flycatchers and a willow warbler catching insects from the edge of the trees in the overflow car park. Ravens were calling from the new heath and the corner of Sandy Ridge, close to the Gatehouse. The hobbies are still around, although starting to range further...
  • Blog Post: Storyelling and Pantaloons shows coming this weekend.

    Chas our new story teller, certainly knows how to keep the young ( and old!) ones captivated and his two sessions yesterday were well attended and enjoyed by all. We are holding one more story telling day with Chas during the school holidays, on Mon 29 August, (weather permitting) at the Visitor...
  • Blog Post: Purple heather in bloom again

    I started working at The Lodge almost eight years ago. The heathland restoration was still in it's early days and the warden at the time, Graham Wilton-Jones, took me out to see how the heath was progressing and was really excited to see little patches of heather, about the size of a 50p piece. Roll...
  • Blog Post: Art at The Lodge this Sunday

    Our local wildlife artist Steve Kershaw will be at The Lodge again this Sunday demonstrating his wonderful artwork, mainly featuring birds and wildlife that he has seen at The Lodge, but also at other RSPB reserves in the area. You can also make a bid for a picture that Steve has kindly donated to the...
  • Blog Post: Hobby success

    The juvenile hobbies have been seen in flight this afternoon, proving that successful fledging of the three young has now taken place! David Knowles
  • Blog Post: Advance notice of works to The Lodge nature reserve boundary wall.

    Advance notice of works to The Lodge nature reserve boundary wall. Managing a nature reserve is no easy task as I’m sure you’re aware. Every single RSPB reserve is different and throws up its own challenges and opportunities, sometimes on things that we simply can’t plan for. The...
  • 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: The Lodge web cam

    We've had some great footage from the web-cam, with great-spotted woodpecker coming to the peanuts fairly regularly. Yesterday I saw a treecreeper working up the apple tree behind the feeders. https://www.youtube.com/embed/y3r4QjH2iIc?rel=0
  • 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: Lizzie's blog

    Lizzie Bruce, reserve warden at The Lodge writes her first blog! Nowadays many employers allow their staff to get out the office, have a break from their day job and volunteer for a day for another organisation. These are commonly known as corporate away days. So far this winter, we have played host...
  • Blog Post: Here come the birds.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MZ7Abmz8rM&feature=youtu.be Have a look at this amazing clip on youtube, of migrating birds stopping off on a research vessel across the Baltic sea.
  • 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...