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  • Blog Post: Hatching hobbies!

    The hobbies have hatched! 3 chicks have been seen in the nest, which is along the Galley hill/ New heath trail, near the junction with the path down to Sandy. We have put a sign close to the tree so you should be able to see them bringing food to the nest. Great news! Image credit, hobby at...
  • Blog Post: Stoat-illy amazing (sorry!)

    A family of at least five stoats have been whirling around and chasing each other in the Gatehouse work compound and into the staff car-parking area over the last couple of days. On the last whiz around they bizarrely seemed to be chased by a rabbit! I managed to get this shot but I couldn't...
  • Blog Post: Back from hols

    Hi again everyone, I'm back from my holidays in Portugal and I won't tell you about the constant sunshine and inland temperatures hovering around 38 degrees - or the colourful bee eaters, golden orioles and hoopoes seen daily! After the rain the UK has experienced, it was a shock to come...
  • Blog Post: The Lodge in bloom

    After the grey skies and heavy rain of the last week, I have just looked out of the window and thought it would be nice to post a couple of pictures of the reserve and the Gatehouse flower bed looking lush and verdant in the sunshine! The Lodge gardeners, Val and Nick, planted the wild flowers when the...
  • Blog Post: Dragonflies and fledglings

    Summer has arrived back at The Lodge, resulting in lots of dragonflies emerging. Many of the birds are busy feeding young with the first fledged robins, mistle thrushes and long tailed tits being seen. The hobbies have been around this week and may have had an eye on the swifts passing over very early...
  • Blog Post: Last day of May

    I left The Lodge a month ago to do my RSPB Sabbatical in the West Country, surveying cirl buntings in South Devon and monitoring breeding choughs on the Cornish coast. I had a superb experience and enjoyed every minute. On my return there's a vast difference in the way the reserve looks; the bluebells...
  • 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