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 on Sunday 2 March. We've had no further reports, although most people have enjoyed seeing a few common crossbills around the pines at the hillfort. A number of reports have come in recently of a lesser spotted woodpecker, and one was reported drumming along the woodland edge on Sandy Ridge on Thursday. These now very scare birds used to breed at The Lodge, so we'd love to have them back again, especially a breeding pair! On the feeders, a small number of lesser redpolls and the occasional siskin have been feeding up before they move off to breed, and numbers of fieldfares, starlings and redwings are building up on Sandy Ridge, probably for an early departure back to their own breeding grounds.
Here at The Lodge we have our own nest box making day on Saturday 22nd. It's a hands-on day for the youngsters (although the parents often do the hard work!) and it's a great way of learning a little about how birds nest and make their homes- and how we can help then in our own gardens. A perfect example of Giving Nature a Home! Places are limited as we have a set amount of nest box kits, so please book in advance on 01767 680541. It costs £7 per kit which you can then take home to encourage the birds to use.Here's one we made earlier!