The Lodge

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  • Snow on Sandy

    We arrived at The Lodge this morning to find much more snow than we expected. It seems that most of the areas south of us had none at all, but I went out with the camera this morning so I have proof of how white it was here!

    Although the feeders are busy and bustling with lots of chaffinches, tits, dunnocks, blackbirds - and a regular nuthatch , still no bramblings, siskin or redpolls to excite us! Keep looking though when you come along , as they could turn up in this cold-snap!

    To get you in the mood for spring, a friend of mine who lives in Extremadura, southern Spain, tells me that the first swallows are passing over!






  • What will the cold snap blow our way?

    It's been relatively quiet at The Lodge over the last week, but with strong arctic winds on the way- this may be about to change! Just a few redpolls have been reported recently, but numbers of siskins, usually here in good numbers, are virtually non- existent  this year. Likewise for bramblings and fieldfares, so perhaps these cold winds will push these birds further south again. Another bird that we haven't seen for some while is the crossbill, so let's hope they also visit us again soon.

    The ravens however are being seen and heard regularly now, and as an early breeder they should soon be prospecting nesting sites. This will be their fourth year of breeding at The Lodge, if all goes to plan!

     This is a picture taken by one of our Wednesday work party volunteers, Richard Harvey, of dusk over the Visitor Centre and new heath.

  • Big Garden Birdwatch events

    The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch will soon be here again this weekend, and the team from The Lodge will be at Jordans Mill on Saturday 24 January for a day of family activities- with face painting, fat ball making, guided birdwatching walks, info on Giving Nature a Home and an actual Big Garden Birdwatch survey taking place during the day.   The event will start at 11 am and end at 3 pm. Entry is free, with small charges for face painting and activities.
    On Sunday the 25th, you can join us for a bird ringing event, guided bird walks, fat ball making and our very own Big Garden Birdwatch at The Lodge. Starting at 11 am on the lawns at the rear of the Headquarters, we'll be here until 3pm, so hope you can join us. Donations welcome for this free entry event.