Our busy programme of August events reached a peak with a fantastic weekend of outdoor theatre with the Pantaloons. We did get very wet for a while yesterday afternoon during Treasure Island, but the cast carried on despite the weather and all of the audience stayed to watch - but with their umbrellas and hoods up! On Saturday for Much Ado about Nothing, it was around 30 degrees in very hot sunshine, so really hard work for the cast and audience, but a great show!
Back to nature, the four hobbies have still been showing well, mainly over the new heath, but we did see two over the house while we were at the Pantaloons show on Sunday. RSPB member David Knowles visited with his wife last week, and took this terrific picture of one of the juveniles perched up and looking alert.
A weasel scurried across the drive as we drove along to HQ on Saturday morning and there's been several sightings of hummingbird hawk - moth on the lavender near the shop and in The Lodge gardens.
We've tried a few new activities for children this summer, and the den building area is proving very popular. Mieke Vrijhof sent me this picture of her grand-children, enjoying starting work on the first den.
With the school holidays now coming to an end, we have a Walk on the Wild side tomorrow between 2 pm and 4 pm, for ages 8-12 and Mini-Beast Safaris on Thursday 27- and the final one this year on Wed 2 September. More details on the web site or please call 01767 680541 to book.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost; Adults free, children £5, RSPB Wildlife Explorers £3
Steve Kershaw, our regular wildlife artist, will be painting and showing his work on Sunday 30th at the Visitor Centre, providing the weather is kind. Steve has been unlucky so far this summer, as it has rained on each of his once a month visits. Better luck this week I hope!
It's coming up to theatre time at The Lodge again this weekend. The Pantaloons will be performing - in their own quirky and inimitable style - both Much Ado about Nothing and Treasure Island. Much Ado is on Saturday 22 and Treasure Island, which is a family performance, will be on Sunday 23rd. There are performances at 1 pm and 6 pm on both days and tickets can be bought in advance from The Lodge shop or the Pantaloons own web-site; thepantaloons.co.uk.
Tickets are also available on each day at the show, cash or cheque only please.
Tickets; Adults £13.50 Children (age 7-16); £9. Under 7’s: FREE. Family ticket 2 adults, 2 children £37.50 Much Ado £32.50 Treasure Island
Please note: Assistance dogs only at the performance please. Tickets from; The RSPB 01767 680541
Just bring along a picnic, chair and a rug.- and perhaps a bottle of your favourite tipple!
Hope to see you there....
As summer slowly draws to a close ( it certainly feels less than summer like today!) the breeding season at The Lodge ends on a high, as our three spotted flycatcher chicks fledged on Saturday. It's hard to believe that they will soon be flying 1000's of miles to winter in Africa! The parents will be busy teaching them to feed and fly over the next two or three week's, so we should see them around the reserve, although they will be harder to pin down as they become more mobile. More great news, the hobbies have also fledged two young, and likewise the adults will be showing their young how to catch insects and dragonflies over the new heath before they also leave for Africa in early to mid- September.
There will be plenty of opportunities to see these birds over the coming weeks - good luck if you are visiting!
Adult spotted flycatcher feeding the recently fledged young . Image credit Malcolm Housden.