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RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve

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Pleasant visit

Lovely walk around the grounds and the hide where we saw and heard woodpeckers. Nice information... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
bongojonaz
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biggleswade
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Lovely reserve

This large RSPB reserve is easily accessible from the A1 with multiple trails, picnic benches and a... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2018
cm9720
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Bicester, United Kingdom
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Located on Bedfordshire's Greensand Ridge, RSPB The Lodge nature reserve and gardens has over 5 miles of trails, leading through tranquil woodland,an historic Iron Age hillfort,heathland and formal gardens. A hide looks over small pools where birds...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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The Lodge Potton Road, Sandy SG19 2DL, England
+44 1767 693333
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 September 2014 via mobile

Nice woodland walks around the estate. Saw a variety of birds from the hide. No tea rooms so if like us you had an older person who is unable to walk far there is only some tables and benches outside to sit on.

2  Thank Nurse-bird
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Lovely woodland sale, amazing quarry face and attractive Lodge gardens. Good Rspn shop but pity no cafe. Picnic tables and information centre.

1  Thank carolinebuchanan89
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All reviews sandwiches non members car park helpful volunteers an interesting place to visit enjoy the scenery small selection lovely walk around the grounds picnic area few hours be visiting again head quarters lovely reserve hide hq walks woodland
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Reviewed 17 July 2018

Lovely reserve set out in Sandy. Easy located between Sandy and Potton with multiple trails, picnic benches and a small shop. Saw lots of different kind of birds. The only downside itself was the weather the day we went as it started okay then towards...More

1  Thank Sophie M
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely walk around the grounds and the hide where we saw and heard woodpeckers. Nice information hut and small shop offering a small selection of snacks. I wish they'd expand their drinks and snack selection.

Thank bongojonaz
Mark B, Public Relations Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thank you for your review and pleased you had a nice visit to The Lodge. We have noted your comment on expanding the refreshments, and will talk with the retail team about this. Regards, Mark

Reviewed 6 June 2018

This large RSPB reserve is easily accessible from the A1 with multiple trails, picnic benches and a small shop. Free parking for RSPB members.

Thank cm9720
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely setting for walking and birdwatching Not a huge variety of birds around today Still an enjoyable experience

Thank davethedrill
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

There a number of different woodland trails but only one hide which is quite unusual. Saw a lot of woodland birds and the walks were peaceful. Cafe is just a hot drinks machine so nothing to write home about!More

1  Thank Adam D
Mark B, Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Hi Adam, Thanks very much for your review. Glad you enjoyed a peaceful walk on the reserve and hope you can return soon. We don't have an actual cafe, but the shop does sell locally produced sandwiches and snacks and a hot tea and coffee...More

Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful to have a good walk and look for the birds. Elegant gardens with lots to look at. Worth a visit to see if you can spot or hear the local birds.

Thank Janemalc
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thanks you for the lovely review of The Lodge, pleased you enjoyed your walk. Mark

Reviewed 26 January 2018

Nice varied terrain, heathland woodland, gardens and quarries. Good walking with added bonus of good birds.

Thank Bob J
Mark B, other at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2018

Thank you for your kind review.

Reviewed 17 November 2017

Not a "traditional" reserve in my opinion, however there were some nice walks and a hide. Off the main path and it is very peaceful. Well worth a visit if you would like a quiet day out in nature, but maybe not for "purists" with...More

1  Thank emuslushy
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Thank you very much or your review. Just to clarify for everyone, the actual extension car park stays open at the same times as the main car park, but when we are very busy we open the gate into the field to relieve the pressure...More

Reviewed 6 October 2017

The is the RSPB HQ and admin centre not a reserve. They are some nice walks and views, helpful staff and a nice shop and cafe. However its not your regular RSPB site, only has one hide and a lot of people, so not conducive...More

Thank CR8
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. The reserve here is of heathland and woodland and there are 5 miles of trails, with the RSPB headquarters located along the drive. You do sometimes have to work harder to see the birds as...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Fantastic day out. Great sightings of the hobbies, red kite and buzzards, even a brief kingfisher at the meadow hide pond! Yes you need to look for the birds and not expect them to come to you but as a consequence you see and enjoy...More

1  Thank Marke21bc
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Helen F
30 October 2018|
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Response from Mark B | Property representative |
Hi, The reserve is open at all times, but the shop closes at 5 pm and the security barrier to the car park closes at 8 pm. Any visitors in the evening can park carefully on the area opposite the shop, before the... More
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David H
18 October 2018|
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Response from Mark B | Property representative |
Hi, shoppers get a free parking spot which is signed, so no charge for visitors just shopping. If you want to enter the reserve, there is a £6 car park and entrance fee. Thanks for asking, Mark
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cans14
13 August 2015|
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Response from willSomerset | Reviewed this property |
£5.00 per car , free to RSPB members.
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