Heathland at the Lodge RSPB reserve, UK headquaters of the RSPB, Sandy, Bedfordshire

Friends of The Lodge

  • 180 ha We have extended the land at The Lodge from 43 hectares
  • 1961 The Lodge nature reserve opened more than half a century ago
  • 100 ha Area of heathland and acid grassland we're aiming to restore

Why heathland is worth saving

Two hundred years ago heathland extended over much of the Bedfordshire Greensand Ridge. Today, there is far too little of this habitat left in the UK, and that which remains is badly fragmented.

Heathland is vital for several species of remarkable birds and other wildlife, including Dartford warblers, stonechats, nightjars, woodlarks, small copper butterflies and natterjack toads.

With your help we can create and maintain a wonderful home for this vulnerable heathland wildlife.

Your gift will help us complete our heathland vision, and help the RSPB create a vital heathland habitat in Bedfordshire.

Become a Friend of The Lodge by giving a regular gift. You will receive our newsletter, Impact, that will keep you updated on events at the reserve. You'll also be invited to visit The Lodge to see how your money is being spent.

Dartford warbler backlit with prey, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset

What we'll be doing

The Lodge is of particular geographical importance as a vital bridge between the heaths of Hampshire and Surrey, and heathland in East Anglia.

With your help, we have extended the land at The Lodge from 43 hectares (106 acres) to 180 hectares (445 acres). We are now working hard to restore 100 hectares to heathland and acid grassland. Bringing this habitat back to its former glory will take several years.

We also hope to create inspirational visitor facilities, so that a visit to The Lodge is even more of an experience to enjoy and remember.

Mottled grasshopper clinging to heather on heath, The Lodge RSPB reserve