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 Lodge shop (01767 680541) or the Pantaloons website; thepantaloons.co.uk, or pay in cash on the day.
Just bring a chair and a picnic
Sorry, no dogs, accept assistance dogs, allowed.
Hope to see you there.
Image credit. Mark Brandon
Coming up the path from the hide on Thursday, I had a cursory glance at last year's spotted flycatcher nest hole in an old birch and was pleasantly surprised to see a spotted flycatcher tucked up and sitting inside. After the torrential rain on Friday and constant rain again today, I popped down this morning to check if they were still around. At first there was no sign of the bird and I feared the worst, but just as I moved off I caught a movement and the flycatcher had popped back inside the tree almost unseen. We know that the flycatchers had raised two young in a large pine, not too far from this site over the last few weeks, but they were very hard to see. At this site the birds should give great sightings as they raise their young in a nest close to the path. I've put a sign in the general area to show visitors the area they are nesting, but it goes without saying that the nest should not be approached or disturbed in any way.
Good luck to the flycatchers for a second brood!
I have been working over the weekend and the main highlight has been the butterfly bonanza! Visitors have been giving me lists of the butterfly's around at the moment, with perhaps the highlights being marbled whites, brown argus, holly blue and an Essex skipper.
A stoat was seen to catch a rabbit right outside the hide, a grass snake (a large one!) basked in the Lodge gardens and several common lizards were taking advantage of the warm sun at times.
Across the road on Sandy Heath, a skulking male redstart has been seen over a number of days, and was reported again yesterday.
Over the heaths, large numbers of swifts and swallows were in the air. I think this is the largest group of swifts I've seen during my seven year's here - and the hobbies were often up and taking advantage of them! Other raptors seen over the new heath were red kite, buzzard and kestrel. There have also been a few reports of crossbills flying over- I've not actually seen any this year so I hope I can see them!
With the summer holidays about to reach full swing, we are taking bookings for our children's mini--beast safari's and the new 'A Walk on the Wild Side', which is aimed at a slightly older age group. August also see the return of The Pantaloons, with the performances below. You can book all of our events on 01767 680541 or get more details from; rspb.org.uk/thelodge
Pride and Prejudice Saturday 22 August 1 pm and 6 pm and Sunday 1 pm
Much Ado about Nothing Saturday 22 August 1 pm and 6 pm
Tickets; Adults £13.50
Children (age 7-16); £9. Under 7’s: FREE.
Family ticket 2 adults, 2 children £37.50
Please note: Assistance dogs only at the performance please.
Tickets from; The RSPB 01767 680541
and Pantaloons http://www.thepantaloons.co.uk/
Treasure Island Sunday 23 August 1pm and 6 pm ( Family performance
Children (age 7-16); £7. Under 7’s: FREE.
Family ticket 2+2 £32.50
Tickets from; The RSPB 01767 6980541
Mustn't forget Big Wild Sleepout on August 8th as well! rspb.org.uk/sleepout
Hoe you can make it to our events- and come and enjoy summer at The Lodge.