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  • 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: Mellow yellow

    A welcome slash of colour from a yellowhammer at The Lodge on a dull, cold 'proper' winters day.
  • Blog Post: Brambling arrives and the strange , greener than usual greenie!

    Aside from the very gusty winds, there's been little sign of winter in recent weeks, but over the weekend a brambling under the feeders near the shop added a winter element to the wildlife here. Having had a scan today, the female type bird was around again, at the feeding area to the side of the...
  • Blog Post: Fungi, fog and foraging thrushes

    It's really hard to believe we are into November with this remarkably mild weather (14 degrees this morning). We've had some fog and some heavy rain this week, but in between The Lodge looks glorious with golden trees still in leaf. The bad news with this unseasonal weather is that the birdlife...
  • Blog Post: November starts

    It's a foggy day to start November, with the sun trying hard to break through at times and it's still very mild. The fungi foray went off in the expert hands of leader Alan Outen and The Beds and Herts Fungi group, and with the variety of fungi recorded here this year, it should be a very successful...
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sunday

    It was such a lovely weekend on the reserve and a great variety of wildlife was enjoyed by lots of visitors out enjoying the sunshine. It's also noticeable how much fungi is out, and the fly agarics were one of the highlights of the day for many. On the new heath yesterday, a pair of ravens perched...
  • Blog Post: Pantaloons are coming again

    It looks like the weather will be fine for the weekend and even a little warmer at last, so we should be nice and dry for the Pantaloons shows at The Lodge. Just a reminder, they are performing Pride and Prejudice on Saturday at 1 pm and 6 pm and again on Sunday at 1 pm. You can book tickets from the...
  • Blog Post: This year's Dawn Chorus

    The alarm went off at 4 am this morning and it was straight down to the reserve to greet the 30+ other 'early birds' who arrived for this year's Dawn Chorus. The forecast was for heavy rain, so were relieved that it was just dull and a little drizzly when we set off, although it started to...
  • Blog Post: Lesser spotted woodpecker and new spring arrivals

    Although it can be a frustrating search for many - the lesser spotted woodpecker is still around and the lucky few ( including me this morning! ) have had views of it working through the birches, mainly in the area to the W of the pylons at the bottom of the Sandy Ridge trail. It seems to be best seen...
  • Blog Post: A few winter migrants appear at the Lodge

    On Sunday, two ravens were seen flying together and later in the day, I noticed a raven mobbing a buzzard over the Galley Hill end of the new heath. As we haven't had any signs that they are nesting on the reserve, this is interesting behaviour at this time. Are they starting to nest later this year...
  • Blog Post: Resident and Migrant birds- Nature art demonstration at The Lodge. Sun 1 March 11 am - 3 pm

    We are hoping that the weather will be fine this weekend, as we have Steve Kershaw coming to demonstrate his amazing nature art at The Lodge on Sunday. Let's hope the sun is shining and the wind is calm, then Steve will be set up at the Visitor Centre to show you his latest work, with the theme of...
  • Blog Post: Welcome sound of bird song.

    With the weather a little milder and winter slowly heading towards spring, it's noticeable that the birds are singing again. On just a short walk this morning, song thrush, mistle thrush, great tit and dunnock were all in song and making everything seem cheerier in the slightly gloomy conditions...
  • Blog Post: Stoats in the snow

    The main action on the reserve away from the busy bird feeders has been the regular sightings of a stoat around the Gatehouse. This little creature is often seen whizzing around in pursuit of an unfortunate rabbit - which it invariably catches - and today it charged through the snow and caught another...
  • Blog Post: Weekend news

    After my last blog it's back again to very mild and dry conditions again. Let's hope it stays like this for the weekend. Over the last couple of days a few redpoll and siskin have been on the feeders at the hide, although it was quiet when I popped in today. I heard the ravens 'kronking'...
  • Blog Post: A small taste of winter

    It's not quite up to the standards of the bad weather recently seen in America, but at least we've had a touch of winter over the last couple of days. It's been lovely to see the sun giving a golden haze over the reserve after a frosty morning- and with some cracking sunsets as well. Numbers...
  • Blog Post: Autumnal news and images from The Lodge today

    I had a walk around the reserve this morning and in the light sunshine it felt more like early autumn than mid-November. A flock of over 30 redpolls flew from a large birch along the drive, lots of tits- including coal tits- chaffinches and greenfinches were active and feeding. Two song thrushes were...
  • Blog Post: End of October?

    I mentioned a while ago how mild it was, and having just had a walk out on the reserve, I think it's even warmer now - and we are fast approaching November! The Discovery Day went very well last weekend and was very busy; several bank voles were found in the mammal survey traps held by the Beds...
  • Blog Post: Autumn birds start to appear

    Although it is remarkably mild this week- and especially today, there are signs of autumn around us. Flocks of redwings have been arriving from around the 12th October and are often seen and heard on the reserve now. The odd single fieldfare has been noted and several lesser redpolls and single siskins...
  • Blog Post: Bathing green woodpecker

    We are fortunate to have some top class photographers who visit the reserve and send us their images. Geoff Harries was in the hide this week when he caught this green woodpecker bathing - which is not a common sighting. The photo's he took are stunning! The last hobby sighting on the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Bluebells, birds and butterflies

    We are getting used to waking up to bright sunshine everyday at the moment- it makes a lovely change for the holiday period to be so nice! Migration is well under way and scarce tree pipits have been seen here recently, with one on the old heath on Monday. Blackcaps and willow warblers are here in...
  • Blog Post: Migrants come- and prepare to go.

    An exciting week for wildlife - with hopefully lots more to come as we head into peak migration time. A week of firsts - on Monday, the first willow warbler of the spring was heard singing on the new heath, followed on Tuesday by a blackcap around the shop gardens. A single swallow flew over and then...
  • Blog Post: Spring into the weekend

    There's a real touch of spring in the air at the moment. Brimstone butterflys, bumblebees and daffodils are all on show at The Lodge and this raven was a vision of posing purple earlier in the week. A lot of birders have been here searching for a small flock of parrot crossbills that were reported...
  • Blog Post: Rainbows and rain showers

    We are heading very quickly now towards March and between the rain showers and rainbows it feels like spring is really on the way. Bright snowdrops can still be enjoyed around the reserve and gardens at The Lodge and daffodils are starting to add a splash of welcome colour. Buds are appearing on the...
  • Blog Post: Rain rain go away!

    There's just no escaping the rain and floods at the moment is there? I came across the washes at Welney on the train earlier in the week and it was a strange experience, like crossing the sea on a thin sliver of gravel. With the nights pulling out and the mornings becoming lighter, winter seems to...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

    It's been a very settled time with our wildlife at The Lodge recently, with very few changes in the birds we have seen over the winter to date. The highlight recently is a flock of around 20 crossbills that are fairly regularly been seen feeding on pine cones in the large trees on the Iron Age hillfort...