Tuesday, 18 July 2006

Introduction

The Lodge is the UK Headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - the largest conservation charity in Europe - and where we all work. The office buildings are surrounded by mixed woodland, formal gardens, an acid grassland meadow and a remnant of the heathland that once covered the area.

Over the last year, an ambitious project to restore a large area to heathland began with the felling of many of the wildlife-poor coniferous trees at the northern end of the reserve. It is hoped that in years to come, this restored heathland habitat will attract species such as woodlark, tree pipit, nightjar and Dartford warbler - lost as breeding species to Bedfordshire many years ago.

Parts of the reserve are being grazed by a flock of rare-breed Manx Loghtan sheep.

This website will be updated by friends and colleagues; people who share my passion for The Lodge and its birds. It will be both a running diary, along with some historical anecdotes of some of the great birds that have turned up over the years.

Admittedly, it can be hard work birding here, but with its position on the edge of the Greensand Ridge, the occasional good bird does turns up. Red kite, osprey, raven and little egret have all been seen this year and it's as good a place as any in Bedfordshire to see common crossbills. Some of us even have these on our Lodge lists, as can be seen below.

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