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Help the RSPB Give Nature a Home-apply for a Membership Development Officer role in the East..
As you read this blog, you are already passionate about wildlife and Giving Nature a Home. If you would like to work for the RSPB as a Membership Development Officer and help in our mission to Save Nature by inspiring people to join us as members,please take a look at the available roles you can apply...
16 May 2013
Come along to The Lodge Spring Fair this weekend...
14 May 2013
After an incredible holiday in Arizona, adding plenty of colourful new birds to my life list, I'm fighting the jet lag and noticing through hazy eyes that spring has erupted while I've been away. It seemed quite strange coming home to see our gloves and winter clothes laying around from the cold...
8 May 2013
Bluebells and parking bays
The daffs are done, the bluebells are blooming - lovely! - it's well worth a visit this weekend. It will be fantastic if the weather stays warm and sunny as forecast, and since trees are late coming into leaf it should be a great opportunity to actually see our woodland birds in full song. We have...
3 May 2013
At last... some migrants!
I did some bird surveying in the good weather last week. It involved me standing at certain points, and noting what birds and how many I could hear. All to assess our woodland for birds. It's one of the nicest things I get to do, though it's not easy! At last, there are some migrants! I heard...
29 Apr 2013
There's a buzzing in the woods...
Our chainsaw sculptor Patrick is busy creating an amazing sculpture in the bluebell wood. This will mark a small and beautiful corner of the reserve where people can remember their passed loved ones. If you pop down this week, you will see it all happening. Once it's all cleared up, it should look...
29 Apr 2013
Slowly slowly- spring is coming
With the winds turning to the south and a warmer feel to proceedings, the first spring migrants have slowly been appearing. After last weeks chiffchaff, several swallows were over the reserve at the weekend and sand martins have been in the local area as well.We are just waiting for our first willow...
16 Apr 2013
Photograher Alan Reynolds has just kindly sent me this splendid picture of a nuthatch, taken at the hide.The nuthatch wa s collecting moss and mud to line the nest it is building nearby.
11 Apr 2013
First spring bird is here.
Hurray- at last- a chiffchaff has arrived and it greeted me with its welcome and constant 'chiffchaff' call from the New Heath when I arrived at The Lodge this morning.This is the first confirmed report as far as I'm aware and its at least three weeks later than the usual arrival dates! It's...
10 Apr 2013
Sky full of swifts
Great day to be at the Lodge if you like swifts, the whole of the reserve seemed to be resonating with their calls, and not just from the speakers on the buildings trying to entice them in to nest! The St Marks flies seem to have had a big hatch today among other insects which has brought in flocks of...
17 May 2012
New to birdwatching-The Lodge Reserve
Hi Everybody I am new to birdwatching and have recently joined the RSPB with my Dad. YAY!!!! I am into by bird photography using a compact camera possibly upgrading to a DSLR. Anyway this Saturday we are going to The Lodge in Sandy. I am just wondering what birds will I possibly see at this time of year...
23 Apr 2012
Female Common Crossbill
Taken from the hide on 11.3.2012
11 Mar 2012
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
On the 19th of october i was lucky enough to see the first recorded Fieldfare come and land in the trees just past the car park , there was a couple of red wings included, in this flock of migratory birds . We walked around the wood and saw greenwood pecker , buzzard , wren ,2 jays , numerous greenfinch...
21 Oct 2011
Visible Migration at The Lodge
The autumn visible migration season is upon us once more. A time of year that sees me standing stationary at a fixed spot on the new heath, counting all birds passing over. It can be very exciting - not knowing what is going to pass over next, or, it can be extremely dull! My first 'vis-mig'...
7 Oct 2011
Birds this weekend
Still holding on to summer, hobbies are around the belt of pines on the new heath, along the track to the hillfort from the shop, although they can be in other areas of the reserve as well.A chiff chaff was calling today,unlike most migrants they do start to 'sing' as Autumn arrives and can be...
2 Sep 2011
Moving to the area!
Hi there, I currently volunteer at Old Moor in South Yorkshire, but in October I'll be moving down south as my partner is starting a new job in Stevenage. I'm hoping to transfer my volunteering to the Lodge! I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on nice places to live in the area,...
2 Aug 2011
There are loads of damselflies and dragonflies on show at The Lodge at the moment. Sunny days are best, though a bit of cloud cover does send them into the flowerbeds to conserve energy.
6 Jun 2011
Wednesday at The Lodge
I put a report plus photos about our trip to The Lodge in the Where to watch wildlife forum, but rather than post all of the photos again here, I decided to put a link to the thread. Our trip to the Lodge
24 Mar 2011
Lovely blue skies today brought the raptors out in force. A pair of buzzards were circling over head this morning and early this afternoon a red kite drifted over towards the plateau. Already a good day but even better when a second red kite loomed over head giving cracking views in really good light...
8 Mar 2011
This is a female common darter on fern. It blends in so well with the background. Taken on the Sandy Heath trail.
30 Aug 2010
This female emperor was hovering while she looked for somewhere to lay her eggs.
2 Aug 2010
By the pool
The old swimming pool is a fantastic place to watch dragonflies and damselflies (plus moorhens, the fishing crows and even a kingfisher if you've very lucky!)
5 Jul 2010
This beautiful fella was hanging out by the wildlife pond. The Lodge is a really great place to see damselflies and dragonflies through spring, summer and into autumn.
3 Jun 2010
Bugwatching in the gardens
There are loads of insects - hoverflies, butterflies, bees and beetles - in the flowerbeds
10 Aug 2009
The gardens look great right through the year at The Lodge. Here's a view of the back of the 19th century main house
30 Jul 2009
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