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  • Blog Post: Brambling flock increasing

    A quick update on the last email from earlier today - there's now over 100 bramblings around Sandy heath, Sandy Ridge and the Gatehouse generally. These birds are with flocks of yellowhammers, redpolls, siskin and reed buntings, along with the more common tits and finches. A flock of around 30...
  • Blog Post: Brambling and siskin numbers building up

    A couple of regular birders had a large flock of approx 60 bramblings on the Sandy Heath seed crop this morning, and I've seen several under the feeders around the shop and entrance. Siskin numbers also seem to be building up, with several around the car-park today. A female lesser-spotted woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: The Big Garden Birdwatch

    The 1st Great Barford Brownies kicked off our Big Garden Birdwatch event at The Lodge today, and smiled through the drizzle and rain! Many of the Brownies had already completed their own Big Garden Birdwatch surveys at home, and came along for a guided walk to see the birds at The Lodge. Large flocks...
  • Blog Post: Progress today on the wind turbine.

    The towers to the wind turbine have been put in place today. As you can see from the magnificent sunrise, the team were here very early to make a start. It's now just the blades to install to finish the main structure.This could happen over the weekend, depending ironically on the strength of the...
  • Blog Post: Showy bramblings

    The bramblings are proving a large draw for birders and photographers - and generally apearing under the feeders to keep everyone happy! If they aren't about there is plenty of other activity; with a constant flow of coal, blue and great tits, greenfinches,goldinches and chaffinches, dunnocks, blackbirds...
  • Blog Post: Mellow yellow

    A welcome slash of colour from a yellowhammer at The Lodge on a dull, cold 'proper' winters day.
  • Blog Post: Banners and bramblings

    I took a new volunteer around the reserve today and although it was cold, many birds were in song and lots of plants are flowering, including a rhodedendron and red-hot poker in the gardens, and in the sunshine it felt almost like late March, not mid January.! The entrance banners are now completed;...
  • Blog Post: What's happening at the entrance?

    There is a lot of activity at the entrance to The Lodge at the moment, with two seperate contract works taking place. Traffic lights are currently being installed at the entrance to make access to the reserve safer for visitors and staff, and for people using the bridleway that cuts across the busy and...
  • Blog Post: Bramblings and siskin

    Today's Winter Wonderland walk didn't exactly live up to it's billing on a wet, dull day, but 18 people enjoyed the stroll and the mulled wine and mince pies that we had at the end of the walk. At least three brambling have been around the shop feeders today, two male and one female, and...
  • Blog Post: A sunny first day of 2016

    A very happy New year to you! My bird list has started well at The Lodge, with two male bramblings under the feeders, nuthatch, great-spotted woodpecker and all of the regular tits and finches in good numbers. On the journey in, I saw a little owl perched on an open branch on a regular tree along...
  • Blog Post: Stoat and bramblings steal the show

    On a bright sunny morning, a small flock of brambling, yellowhammer, redpoll, siskin and reed bunting were active around the edge of Sandy Ridge, amongst the birch saplings that border the car park extension. A male brambling was seen at times under the feeders throughout yesterday, when we were really...
  • Blog Post: Birds to brighten the day

    To brighten up a damp and dreary day after Boxing day, here are a few pictures of some colourful birds seen at The Lodge over Christmas week. Today there's been two treecreepers together on the large oak near the visitor centre, several redpolls, including one on the feeders at the shop, and a...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch - and will winter happen this year?

    Aside from the sacking of football managers Jose Mourinho and even more importantly! John Stills from Luton Town FC yesterday, the news has been full of the exceptionally mild weather; with stories of flowering holly, blooming daffodils and snowdrops, birds mating, great-spotted woodpeckers drumming...
  • Blog Post: Finch flocks slowly arriving

    There was a noticeable change in the amount of 'new' birds around The Lodge today and during the week. Around the feeders at The Gatehouse, greenfinch numbers have built up, a female brambling has shown at times, and a few reed buntings and yellowhammers were in a mixed flock along the low birches...
  • Blog Post: Brambling arrives and the strange , greener than usual greenie!

    Aside from the very gusty winds, there's been little sign of winter in recent weeks, but over the weekend a brambling under the feeders near the shop added a winter element to the wildlife here. Having had a scan today, the female type bird was around again, at the feeding area to the side of the...
  • Blog Post: Binocular and telescope event

    Binocular and Telescope Event at The Lodge, Sandy Thursday 3, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Impartial, friendly advice on choosing the best binoculars, telescopes and accessories to suit your needs. Take your time comparing the different models and have the...
  • Blog Post: Return of the lesser spotted woodpecker.

    A lesser-spotted woodpecker was seen today, in the same area this bird favoured in the spring, at the bottom of the pylon line on the Sandy Ridge trail. The bird was amongst a large tit flock, a good way to search and to track down this scarce bird in the winter.
  • Blog Post: A touch of winter?

    Autumn is finally in full flow today, with the leaves dropping in large golden swathes across The Lodge- and there's even a touch of cold in the wind now, so perhaps winter will arrive after all. Even so, yesterday we watched a couple of red admiral butterflies flitting over the roofs near the shop...
  • Blog Post: Fungi, fog and foraging thrushes

    It's really hard to believe we are into November with this remarkably mild weather (14 degrees this morning). We've had some fog and some heavy rain this week, but in between The Lodge looks glorious with golden trees still in leaf. The bad news with this unseasonal weather is that the birdlife...
  • Blog Post: Southern hawker image

    Southern hawker Nov 1 at The Lodge gardens. Image credit Graham Taplin
  • Blog Post: November dragonfly!

    After this mornings post in the fog and gloom, the sun suddenly appeared and blazed in a pure blue sky after lunch-time, and it's been a gorgeous autumn afternoon here. What we didn't expect on the first day of November was to see a southern hawker dragonfly around the pools in the gardens! Graham...
  • Blog Post: November starts

    It's a foggy day to start November, with the sun trying hard to break through at times and it's still very mild. The fungi foray went off in the expert hands of leader Alan Outen and The Beds and Herts Fungi group, and with the variety of fungi recorded here this year, it should be a very successful...
  • Blog Post: Autumn and fungi

    Apologies for the delay since the last posting. I've been away in the Yorkshire Dales, adding Black Grouse for my 200th UK bird of the year, but looking in envy at all of the great birds arriving on the east coast. The Lodge is starting to look more autumnal and gaining a lovely golden hue, but...
  • Blog Post: Five ravens

    Just packing up to go home and Peter Bradley, our Senior Site Manager spotted five ravens soaring directly over the Gatehouse. A great end to the working day! I haven't had any reports of the hobbies since one flew over The Lodge gardens on Sunday- so they may have started their long journey back...
  • Blog Post: Sunny Sunday

    It was such a lovely weekend on the reserve and a great variety of wildlife was enjoyed by lots of visitors out enjoying the sunshine. It's also noticeable how much fungi is out, and the fly agarics were one of the highlights of the day for many. On the new heath yesterday, a pair of ravens perched...