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  • 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: 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: Grey squirrel with cubs

    Staff members Ben Andrew and Mark Ward spotted this grey squirrel carrying its young today and Ben managed to snap a quick shot. If the nest becomes infested with fleas or mites, the squirrel moves on to a different location and builds a new nest.
  • 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: Hobby watches this week

    Good news! we will have volunteers showing the hobby nest this Thursday and Saturday, from 12 - 4 pm ( weather permitting). Info on where to go on arrival at the shop or Visitor Centre Image credit; Ray Piercy
  • Blog Post: Plenty of wildlife action at The Lodge

    I've been sent photo's this week of all sorts of exciting wildlife seen at The Lodge, from the breeding hobbies to the smallest and grooviest bugs, so I'd like to share these for you to enjoy! Thanks to all of the photographers for these great images. - From top left ; Ruby-tailed wasp...
  • Blog Post: Stoats, hobbies and ravens top the Monday bill

    We've had a lot of stoat action at The Lodge in recent weeks, and today a couple were playing around beside the hide pools, then suddenly jumping in for a quick splash about. Tim Felce was in the hide with his wife at the time and took the following amazing images... A party of six ravens were...
  • 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...