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RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve

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Very friendly and helpful staff

Relaxing and beautiful place. Not commercialised at all. Lovely walks. Good place for children to... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
atina787
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Banbury, United Kingdom
A beautiful idyll with some helpful and enthusiastic staff

I am not a birdwatcher but appreciate the opportunity to experience nature - I am typically here... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2017
Michael384
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Bedford, 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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The Lodge Potton Road, Sandy SG19 2DL, England
+44 1767 693333
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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 30 August 2017

Unless you're a dedicated bird watcher probably not for you. We see more birds in our garden than we did at Sandy - we found a tree with one woodpecker which we could hear but not see - again we can see those at home....More

Thank w0tcha
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Located on the Greensand ridge in beautiful countryside. Looks of dedicated tracks and paths. Plenty to see. The hobbies nesting in summer. The knatterjack toad ponds. The hide where a variety of birds and wild life can be seen. Great for a leisurely afternoon stroll...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Relaxing and beautiful place. Not commercialised at all. Lovely walks. Good place for children to have a place to run around and enjoy as well as learning something.

Thank atina787
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thank you for your kind review and it's great to hear that you and the children enjoyed the reserve. Come again soon! Mark B

Reviewed 14 August 2017

Gorgeous place with really helpful volunteers. Fabulous coffee and sandwiches which we ate on the lawn in the sunshine.

Thank liz T
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Living relatively locally to this reserve its the one we have visited the most, and whilst not having the big draw attractions of some other sites there is always something to see. The site is well maintained and is user friendly including some walks you...More

Thank Barry S
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Hi Barry, Thank you very much for your review, it so nice to hear that you enjoy your visits to The Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you again soon, Mark and The Lodge team...

Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This destination is simply wonderful. Lovely walks, a fantastic gift shop, and beautiful gardens. The large fishponds are teaming with fish.More

Thank Justin L
Mark B, Vistor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Hi Justin, Thanks for your kind review and great to hear that you enjoyed the reserve so much- including the fish - in what was once the old swimming pool of the estate and is now a wildlife pond. Hope to see you again soon,...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

I love what RSPB does and this reserve is stunning. Brilliant walks, well signposted, surrounded by wildlife and clean country air. There are lots of areas to sit and birdwatch as well as open walks to simply explore. There's also the (expected) gift shop and...More

Thank jamerguk
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi, Thanks for your lovely review and so pleased to hear how much you enjoy The Lodge. I should just point out for potential new visitors that we don't have an actual café, but we do sell good quality drinks and sandwiches, salads, cakes and...More

Reviewed 29 June 2017

I have been a subscribing member of the RSPB for several years and my only experience has been 'the back garden' and visitors to me. This time we decided to visit them. The reserve is well organised and laid out with sign posts for the...More

Thank Frank H
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Hi Frank, Thanks for your thoughtful review on your first visit and we look forward to your return. Regards, Mark

Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

When I was little my grandad brought me a membership and he would take me and my sister here all the time now that I have my own little girl I wanted to share it with her we arrived midday and parked in the car...More

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Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Thank you for your review Tanya and I'm pleased you were able to return with your own daughter. Just to answer a couple of the points you raise; the £5 charge is for both car-parking and entrance (per vehicle, not person) while RSPB members gain...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

I am not a birdwatcher but appreciate the opportunity to experience nature - I am typically here most evenings to run a few miles. The kids also enjoy the activities which the staff often facilitate - nature trails, insect hunting etc. The area is relatively...More

1  Thank Michael384
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Thank you Micheal for your kind review. We attract many different audiences to The Lodge with differing views on having a café etc! Enjoy your runs around the reserve, and bringing your children along to take part in the activities, trails and events. Best wishes,...More

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Helen F
30 October 2018|
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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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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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£5.00 per car , free to RSPB members.
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