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  • Blog Post: Bluebells at their best.

    I took a walk down the drive in the sunshine yesterday and the bluebells were looking- and smelling- glorious. I took a few pictures to try and show them at there best! At least three cuckoo's are calling on the southern edges of the reserve and whitethroat, blackcap, willow warbler numbers are...
  • Blog Post: Bird feeders are back

    Good news, we are putting the bird feeders back tomorrow after the recent spate of chaffinches with a virus seems to have passed. We will monitor this over coming weeks. Migrant news; The first hobby was reported over the new heath today and three cuckoo's are calling at the Biggleswade...
  • Blog Post: Bird feeders

    Good news, we are putting the bird feeders back tomorrow after the recent spate of chaffinches with a virus seems to have passed. We will monitor this over coming weeks. The first hobby was reported over the new heath today and three cuckoo's are calling at the Biggleswade end of the reserve and...
  • Blog Post: This week's sightings map

  • Blog Post: Bird feeders at The Lodge Important notice

    We have seen several chaffinches with signs of disease at The Lodge, so have decided that we will remove the bird feeders at the Gatehouse and the hide for a period of time to prevent the possibility of this spreading amongst other birds. There are less birds now using the feeders as the winter flocks...
  • Blog Post: First cuckoo reported....

    Great news - the first cuckoo at The Lodge has been reported calling near the hillfort this morning. RSPB images, credit John Bridges The male lesser - spotted woodpecker was also seen again earlier today and yesterday a male wheatear was on the Sandy Heath and quarry land, along with large...
  • Blog Post: Proof that the lesser spotted woodpecker is here!

    Big thanks to Matt Bruce. Still a few bramblings and siskins around The Gatehouse, blackcaps, willow warblers, chiffchaffs, sand martins and swallows are the first of the spring arrivals.
  • Blog Post: First willow warbler

    Nice to hear the first willow warbler of the spring singing on the corner of the overflow car-park today.
  • Blog Post: 30+ buzzards pass over

    Four red kites, over 30 buzzards passing over and four ravens on the new heath were the highlights at The Lodge yesterday as we reached the end of the month. Two tawny owls were calling mid- afternoon from the trees behind the public loos, and are likely to have young in this area. There are still a...
  • Blog Post: Muncjac diner!

    I noticed a muntjac deer taking food from the feeders at the hide last week, and while I popped into the hide yesterday it came back for more. Luckily,this time I met Lesley Allen, who was photographing birds and she took these shots of the deer and sent them to me. Thanks Lesley!
  • Blog Post: Crossbill at the hide

    Highlights from The Lodge today were a male crossbill came in for a very brief drink at the hide pools (approx 2pm). Six bramblings and plenty of siskins around the feeders and I saw my first mealy redpoll of the winter here, with 3 or 4 lesser redpoll, also on the feeder by the drive. Red kite...
  • Blog Post: The crowds arrive for Good Friday

    Yesterday was one of the busiest in the eight years (almost!) that I've worked at The Lodge. Blue sunny skies, an Easter trail for families and a few good birds got the crowds flocking in. Bird highlights were mainly on the raptor front, with large numbers of buzzards (up to seven together...
  • Blog Post: Image of todays splendid Ring Ouzel

    What a stunner...By Ray Piercy.
  • Blog Post: Ring ouzel feeding on Sandy Ridge

    A male ring ouzel has just been seen on the Sandy Ridge field, amongst 100's of fieldfares and smaller flocks of redwing, starling and mixed finches. I dashed out with Lizzie and we saw it well, but on a second return to show others the bird, the whole flock had flown into trees surrounding the field...
  • Blog Post: Crossbills and lesser spotted woodpeckers- but no chiffchaffs yet.

    Apologies for the lack of recent news, I have just returned from a weeks holiday. Despite the spring like conditions, we are still awaiting the call of the first chiffchaff around the reserve. They are later than usual, as they normally arrive around my Birthday, which is mid-month. The lesser-spotted...
  • Blog Post: Osprey/buzzard - twist in the tail

    The mystery of Tuesdays raptors takes another twist- we now have an image of an osprey that was definitely seen at the same time as the very pale buzzard! But....did we see both of these birds on the new heath? The lesser-sptted woodpecker has ben reported twice this week, bith times away from the...
  • Blog Post: Very pale buzzard

    After some debate and scrutiny, the 'osprey' report yesterday is in fact a very pale common buzzard- so excitement over!
  • Blog Post: Lesser spott reported again

    A visiting birder from Yorkshire has seen the female lesser- spotted woodpecker this afternoon along Sandy Ridge. Braving the hail storms paid off! It was in the hollow past the pylons.
  • 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: Mothers day, bird ringing event and latest on the lesser spot.

    Don't forget it's our Give Nature a Home day at The Lodge on Sunday. It's Mothers day, so bring mum along for extra special views of birds in the ringing demonstration, and find out what the expert team learn about birds and their movements by doing this. You can treat her to a gift or new...
  • Blog Post: Early start pays off for spotting the lesser-spott.

    It's been a good time for visiting birders, seeing the bramblings and siskins around the Gatehouse feeders and sometimes the redpolls as well. It's been a lot harder having success with the lesser-spotted wooodpecker (none of our reserve staff have seen it this year!), but local birder Graham...
  • Blog Post: Lesser spott update

    A visiting birder has been trying for three days to see the lesser-spotted woodpecker, and he finally did see it today! So, it is still around, but I went out this afternoon and still didn't see it- although a treecreeper, a pair of ravens. fieldfares and siskins were compensation.
  • Blog Post: Siskins arriving

    The weather forecast didn't look promising today, but, although it is cold, in fact it's been a dry and mainly sunny day. The siskin numbers are really building up now, with a group of around seven birds on the ground seed under the entrance feeders, and larger numbers in trees around the...
  • Blog Post: Brambling flock increasing

    A quick update on the last email from earlier today - there's now over 100 bramblings around Sandy heath, Sandy Ridge and the Gatehouse generally. These birds are with flocks of yellowhammers, redpolls, siskin and reed buntings, along with the more common tits and finches. A flock of around 30...
  • Blog Post: Brambling and siskin numbers building up

    A couple of regular birders had a large flock of approx 60 bramblings on the Sandy Heath seed crop this morning, and I've seen several under the feeders around the shop and entrance. Siskin numbers also seem to be building up, with several around the car-park today. A female lesser-spotted woodpecker...