Trip reports

Outing to The Lodge - Sunday, 10th June 2018

Monday, 11 June 2018

When we alighted at The Lodge it felt like late Spring, cool and grey. By the time we left it was high Summer and most people had treated themselves to an ice cream, a few bearing tell-tale traces on their shirt fronts, so excited were they.

Most people started their birding by checking out the pair of spotted flycatchers conveniently close to the information point. After that people could wander round the edge of the heathland encountering buzzards, jays, goldcrest and, for a lucky few, crossbills. After the heathland the Meadow Hide was productive - bathing garden warbler, thirsty green woodpecker, juvenile tits, dragonflies and more. Most people saw 25-30 species of bird.

It had been a few years since we'd visited The Lodge and I, for one, had forgotten how beautiful the reserve is. Some of the trees near the offices are spectacular. The heathland, though, seems to have management issues. Perhaps they need more volunteers?

In visiting RSPB HQ, we were able to drop off two boxes of stamps collected by Jess Smith at Nottingham Central Library for the Albatross Appeal. Thanks Jess.