It's definitely been an action packed weekend at The Lodge. We held three amazing outdoor theatre performances by the Pantaloons, with a packed crowd on Friday evening enjoying Romeo and Juliet and then two hilarious adaptions of Gulliver's Travels on Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime. We are already planning the dates for the Pantaloons to return in 2017!
It was interesting to hear the ravens calling noisily at dusk during the two evening shows, and I discovered that they are currently roosting in pine trees in the gardens at HQ.
Romeo and Juliet ( image Mark Brandon)
Gulliver's Travels (Mark Brandon)
We had another very busy day today with large numbers of visitors enjoying the reserve in glorious late summer sunshine. Butterflies and the hobbies seem to have been the most popular wildlife spectacles of the day, with common blue and small coppers out in numbers and the hobbies still showing well for most of the birders that came to see them.
Our new volunteer Chas had the children entranced with his story telling sessions under the cover at the Visitor Centre, so it has been a really great day.
Small copper ( Image Gill Butt)
Female common blue (Gill Butt)
On Saturday we had some very dramatic dark clouds and unusual cloud formations, although luckily we were on the edge of the storms that some areas experienced. We did get a torrential downpour literally just as we had cleared up after the last Gulliver's Travels performance - which was very lucky!
Dramatic clouds over the new heath (Gill Butt)
The morning started well with two spotted flycatchers and a willow warbler catching insects from the edge of the trees in the overflow car park. Ravens were calling from the new heath and the corner of Sandy Ridge, close to the Gatehouse. The hobbies are still around, although starting to range further afield at times now. With patience, most birders are still seeing them around the new heath.
The other flyover today was the huge Airlander airship that appeared over the edge of Galley Hill this morning and floated serenely over the reserve. We later found out that it had crash landed back at its Cardington base!
Chas our new story teller, certainly knows how to keep the young ( and old!) ones captivated and his two sessions yesterday were well attended and enjoyed by all.
We are holding one more story telling day with Chas during the school holidays, on Mon 29 August, (weather permitting) at the Visitor Centre.... 3 sessions held at 11:30 am - 12:45 pm - 2 pm
Donations on the day please.
Don't forget, the Pantaloons outoor theatre performances are nearly here. The next shows are on 26/27/28 August!
The Pantaloons perform Romeo and Juliet Friday 26 Aug 7 pm A special show with Mark and Caitlin, original founders of the Pantaloons. Romance with a fresh twist... in the open air. Held on the lawn at The Lodge nature reserve and gardens. Bring your blankets, picnics and chairs and parents bring a bottle of your favorite tipple to enjoy the show. Tickets; Adults £13.50 Children (age 7-16); £9. Under 7’s: FREE. Family ticket 2+2 £37.50 Please note: Assistance dogs only at the performance please. Tickets from; The RSPB 01767 693333 and Pantaloons http://www.thepantaloons.co.uk/
The Pantaloons perform Gulliver’s Travels Saturday 27 Aug 6pm Sun 28 Aug 1 pm We welcome the return of the Pantaloons for their eighth successful year at The Lodge, with a brand new adventurous retelling in this outdoor performance of Gulliver’s Travels. The performance is held on the lawn at The Lodge nature reserve and gardens. Bring your blankets, picnics and chairs and a bottle of your favourite tipple of course, to enjoy the show. Tickets; Adults £13.50 Children (age 7-16); £9. Under 7’s: FREE. Family ticket 2+2 £37.50 Please note: Assistance dogs only at the performance please. Tickets from; The RSPB 01767 693333 and Pantaloons http://www.thepantaloons.co.uk/
The weather is looking good at the moment so come along and enjoy the shows!