The Lodge

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  • Autumn birds start to appear

    Although it is remarkably mild this week- and especially today, there are signs of autumn around us. Flocks of redwings have been arriving from around the 12th October and are often seen and heard on the reserve now. The odd single fieldfare has been noted and several lesser redpolls and single siskins are about.

    On Sandy Heath, on the land opposite the reserve entrance, where we are planting wildlife friendly crops, bird numbers are building up; with up to four stonechats, c.30 reed buntings, c.100 linnets and small groups of skylarks,and redwings on the crops and grass areas and flying overhead..

      redwing.Chris Gomersall (

  • Discovery Day October 26

    I had a week away in the Lake District last week, and three great birds turned up in Bedfordshire! Firstly, a hoopoe at Willington, then even better (or rarer), a lesser grey shrike on nearby Biggleswade Common and then a dotterel, found by our very own Richard Bashford at Radwell pits. Luckily I did see the barred warbler at Blow's Downs, but what a run of birds! You can see images of all of these on Beds Birds blog spot;
    It goes without saying that the birding in Cumbria was very quiet!
    Still,we've got a great event coming up at The Lodge next week. Our Give Nature a Home Discovery day is on Sunday 26 October from 11 am - 3 pm. There's lots of great things going on, including bird ringing and the first small mammal survey trapping we've held here. I hope we get the great selection of mammals that Rye Meads recently had at their event - see below! Here's the whole list of activities you can take part in- some may be weather dependent.
    Close up views of the birds at the ringing demonstrations.
    Ian Harvey the amazing owl pellet man shows what owls hunt and eat in his engaging sessions
    Beds Natural History Society- local wildlife information, touch and feel displays, quizzes and much more. Small Mammal Trapping -  join the Beds Natural History Society to discover what 4-legged creatures we can find here today
    Get nice and messy making bird cake
    Stock up on bird food and feeders and Christmas gifts from the RSPB shop.
    Wildlife badge making and face painting ( small extra charges for these activities)
    RSPB experts on hand to give advice on Giving Nature a Home
    Bacon baps and hot soup for sale
    Event Cost; RSPB members £3 RSPB Wildlife Explorers £2, Adults £4, Children £3 Booking not required.
    Held on the lawns at The Lodge HQ.
  • Chats on the heath

    Quick sightings update...At least c 8 stonechats and 2 whinchats, all together in scrubby area east of the conifer plantation, on Sandy Heath ( land opposite The Lodge reserve)