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Signs of spring
Just a whisper....I think spring is in the air at last! We've had two days of almost unbroken sunshine and its arrived just in time for the children and youngsters to come up and enjoy being outdoors in their school holidays. After the success of the weekends Easter Trail, I decided to leave the...
3 Apr 2013
Birds, birds on the move!
Our warden Andy has been out and about on the reserve today and he says there are birds everywhere! A woodlark has been spotted on the new heath yesterday and today, which is one of the key species we are hoping to attract with the heathland restoration. Fingers crossed they decide to stay and breed...
15 Oct 2012
There's a nip in the air...
With autumn now definitely on its way it is a beautiful time of year to visit The Lodge. As the nights draw in and the days get colder the trees begin to turn their fantastic autumn colours. The first of the striking fly agaric fungi shows its head and over the next few days and weeks there will be more...
5 Oct 2012
At the hide on Tuesday. They came down about every hour for about 30 seconds...but worth the wait.
23 Feb 2012
Osprey still around
When an osprey was reported to us well over a week ago, we were quite amazed, but this juvenile is still being seen on a regular basis.even though we are now into November! It seems to use the trees around the hillfort on the reserve to perch in, making sorties down to the local fishing lakes where it...
3 Nov 2011
Crossbills at The lodge
Taken on Saturday 22.10.2011 from the hide. The birds landed at the pond furthest from the hide at about 12:30.
24 Oct 2011
There have been a lot of really good bird sightings here today, topped by an osprey seen with a fish, flying over the hillfort. It was seen again over the gatehouse late afternoon. At least 20 crossbills have flown over with several lingering and the 6 woodlarks have again been around the new heath,...
21 Oct 2011
Woodlark on Sandy Ridge
Our warden, Andy Schofield, heard a woodlark on Sandy Ridge this morning. We had another report of one on land opposite the reserve entrance yesterday. A small flock of crossbills have been heard flying around, but they are rarely seen.Let's hope they stay and start to use the ponds near the hide...
16 Aug 2011
Crossbills have been heard flying over on two occasions this weekend;it's been a few months since the large flock that roamed around the reserve was last seen, hopefully they will stay around as visitors love to see them.Spotted flycatcher families have also been seen in the woodland and on the bird...
26 Jul 2010
Exciting sightings for 'Birds for beginners' group.
As we headed off for our 'birds for beginners. walk we saw a flock of arond 50 crossbils on the new heath. What a start! After a good stroll, we had cracking views of an adult tawny owl staring down at us from one of the large conifers near the hide. It was my 4th bird survey this morning...
5 May 2010
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