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  • Blog Post: Birds in June

    It's a while since I've written just about the birds, so here we are! We are hopeful that the spotted flycatcher's are still nesting in a dead birch along the trail to the hide. They seem to have abandoned their original nest which was in the same general area, and a regular visitor told...
  • Blog Post: Have a very Merry Christmas- from The Lodge team

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year- from all of us at The Lodge and RSPB Three Counties- thanks for joining us on our community blog this year and hope to see you on our amazing nature reserve in 2014! If you are popping in to enjoy a walk and to spot some wildlife over the festive...
  • Blog Post: November draws to a close

    We are still waiting for winter to take a grip and a movement of birds to follow. November has more of an autumnal than a winter feeling, and trees are still glowing golden on sunny days. I was at The Lodge over the weekend, and the main action was from the mistle thrushes and jays playing noisy chasing...
  • Blog Post: Winter arriving

    If the forecasters are right, then winter will be arriving overnight and temperatures are going to plummet - with a chance of some snow as well. It certainly hasn't felt like mid-November so far. The good news is that we might get an influx of winter birds, as it's been very quiet over the last...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies, bees and birds......

    With all of the events running during August we haven't mentioned our wildlife a lot just recently, so I thought I'd do this blog to put that right. Firstly, the assorted bees and butterflies buzzing and flitting on the lavender leading up to the shop have been amazing this year. One lady...
  • Blog Post: Update on the osprey.

    The osprey is definitley still here! It was seen on a couple of occasions around the reserve today, once coming into land in a tree along the path to Galley Hill, being mobbed by ravens. Crossbills have been seen around the hillfort and a brambling was watched from the hide.
  • Blog Post: Summer's nearly done

    The warm weather's been good for flying this week. Last Wednesday, a young raven appeared over The Lodge. We heard its distinctive, deep 'cronk' call and watched it circling round and around over the gardens. The warm air rising from the ground on sunny days is used by big birds such as...
  • Blog Post: April 01st

    It may be a cold and dull Easter break, but here on the reserve we have been really busy. Plenty of families have come along to take part in the Easter trail and we've been dashing out searching the shops for the last few creme eggs in the county to give as rewards! We'll have had around 300...
  • Blog Post: Jubilee days

    After the depressing wash-out yesterday, the reserve is looking a lot brighter today and the car -park is full again with visitors getting out and about. Spotted flycatcher's, young ravens, cuckoo and treecreeper have all been sighted today, but most people just seem pleased to be walking around...
  • Blog Post: Second brood for busy spotted flycatchers

    The Lodge spotted flycatchers have already raised a family of four young in recent weeks and have just hatched another brood! The parents are busy catching insects and feeding the youngsters in the nest box, which is on the side of the outbuildings near the shop. Come along and see them soon, they'll...
  • Blog Post: Impressive thrush flock

    The number of birds in the mixed flock on Sandy Ridge meadow is building up nicely. I estimated over 500 fieldfares, 200 starlings, 150 redwings, 20 meadow pipits, several mistle thrush and a few goldfinches, all feeding in a large group on the grass this morning. Although it was fairly quiet on the...
  • Blog Post: Busy time for spring migrants

    Spring migrant birds arriving The Lodge. The birds seem to be arriving here quickly after the slow migration over the last few weeks.The cuckoo's have been calling all day on the new heath and I heard my first garden warbler today. A few whitethroats have turned up on the reserve and a couple of...
  • Blog Post: Crispy, crunchy and spiky

    That's crispy leaves, crunchy beechmast underfoot and spiky sweet chestnuts and conkers. As you walk around The Lodge at the moment, you can't fail to experience some of those. There are lots of grey squirrels doing the same - I've seen a lot of them carrying sweet chestnuts around in their...
  • Blog Post: 50 shades of purple

    The heather on the new and old heaths at The Lodge is now in bloom and looking spectacular this year.We are particularly excited, as we have been restoring the new heath over the last 9 years and the results are really starting to show.The wildlife is also starting to benefit as well; there has been...
  • Blog Post: A nice children's group visit, some birds and lots of sunshine...

    Although the local weather forecast looks bad every day (again!) this week, we actually had a really nice sunny, hot spell for a large part of the day.We were taking a group of children from Keech, in Luton, down the main path to experience the reserve and in a short time we had seen ravens, two lovely...
  • Blog Post: Easter-birds and trail.

    It may be a cold and dull Easter break, but here on the the reserve we have been really busy. Plenty of families have come along to take part in the Easter trail and we've been dashing out searching the shops for the last few creme eggs in the county to give as rewards! We;ll have had around 300...
  • Blog Post: A 'fayre' few birds around at the weekend

    Phew...it was a a really busy weekend at The Lodge and we are just getting our breath back! Over 2,800 visitors came to the reserve to visit the Christmas Fayre, enjoy the trails and spot some good birds in mostly sunny conditions. The osprey was seen on both days, on one occcasion directly over the...
  • Blog Post: Hail the birds...

    It was a good weekend for bird sightings at The Lodge, we had a brilliant male brambling drinking down at the hide pools ( one seen today at the shop feeders as well), a male merlin dashed quick and low across the new heath, near the drive, and a cuckoo was seen and heard on several occasions.The ravens...
  • Blog Post: Long distant migrants

    Visitors come from many parts of the UK to see The Lodge, but not normally for a day visit from Scotland! Yesterday, RSPB members Violet and Nicky caught the plane from Edingburgh to Luton, hired a car to drive to Sandy and spent the day enjoying the reserve- and the lovely sunshine- for Violet's...
  • Blog Post: Birds and Easter news

    It may be a cold and dull Easter break, but here on the the reserve we have been really busy. Plenty of families have come along to take part in the Easter trail and we've been dashing out searching the shops for the last few creme eggs in the county to give as rewards! We;ll have had around 300...
  • Blog Post: Osprey still around

    When an osprey was reported to us well over a week ago, we were quite amazed, but this juvenile is still being seen on a regular basis.even though we are now into November! It seems to use the trees around the hillfort on the reserve to perch in, making sorties down to the local fishing lakes where it...
  • Blog Post: Birds of prey over the hillfort

    We have a group from the Beds,Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust on a visit to The Lodge today. I took them for a wander over the new heath to show off our heather, which is looking amazing this year. After leaving them to complete the trail, they came back happy after seeing hobbies, ravens and buzzards...
  • Blog Post: Calm after the storm.

    It was certainly a day to stay indoors in the dry yesterday wasn't it? Although it was understandably very quiet at The Lodge, one brave birder did report seeing seven wheatears on Sandy Ridge. It's a world away from the wet and windy conditions today and the birds have been notching up. We started...
  • Blog Post: Young ravens

    We were really pleased when the raven's fledged from their nest on the hillfort recently. This is the second consecutive year that these impressive birds have bred at The Lodge.Visitors have been seeing the raven family really well as they fly around the hillfort and New Heath areas, 'cronking'...
  • Blog Post: Spotted flycatchers return

    With all the fun of the Spring Fair now over, my binoculars are back in hand and I've even managed a couple of walks out on the reserve this week. Summer really began yesterday and the reserve looked glorious with trees and flowers in full bloom and the whole place looked radiant in the warm sunshine...