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RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve

#1 of 4 things to do in Sandy Features Animals
The Lodge Potton Road, Sandy SG19 2DL, England
+44 1767 693333
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Recreating memories

When I was little my grandad brought me a membership and he would take me and my sister here all... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Tanya S
via mobile
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 and other wildlife come to feed.The RSPB shop sells gifts,optics and bird food, and you can enjoy a freash sandwich or salad from the chiller, or a well deserved ice cream or hot drink after your walk.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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The Lodge Potton Road, Sandy SG19 2DL, England
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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

Thank Tanya S
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

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Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

It's been a number of years since I last visited . It has improved a lot with better trails , shop , visitor centre and habitat management . Disappointing that visitor centre not open at 4pm on a Tuesday . But helpful staff in the...More

Thank cliff d
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and it's pleasing to hear that you appreciate the changes we have made for visitors. We are trying to open the Visitor Centre for longer in the summer months, but we do rely greatly on volunteers to do this, so...More

Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

The whole place is nice but for some reason dogs on leads are not allowed unless on the "bridleway" aka road. Sort out your policy, how is a dog on a lead going to catch a bird... waste of timeMore

Thank James B
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to send a review. It's true that dogs are only allowed on a lead on the bridleway, not on reserve trails and we do make this clear on all our publicity, leaflets and web site. The bridleway cuts through...More

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Living reasonably close by we visit every couple of months. Easy to follow walks. Plenty of birds to see as well as small creatures (like pygmy shrew) if you are patient enough. Toilets and shop with a good choice. Plenty of benches dotted around for...More

Thank colesplus3
Mark B, Visitor experience manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Thanks for your review and I'm pleased to hear you can visit regularly to see the reserve through the seasons. Mark

Reviewed 26 April 2017

My first visit here on a sunny day made it all the more pleasure to stroll around the different walks which are well signposted,all of them not too long but long enough to enjoy the scenery.The main house was an unexpected gem and the rear...More

Thank deanz333
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you here again in the autumn, when fungi and golden trees are the highlights for many! Mark

Reviewed 24 April 2017

Had a wonderful couple of hours walking around the different areas here. Various well marked footpaths take you through different habitats and some glorious bluebells. Nice shop which fortunately sells ice cream and drinks, and good picnic area. Lots of information and opportunities to spot...More

Thank LINALLEN
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Thank you for your lovely review- and very pleased you saw the bluebells!

Reviewed 16 April 2017

Our first visit to this location and being the HQ of the RSPB we were expecting great things however we were surprised to find a relatively low key place with just a couple of trails and one bird hide. Shop was interesting but found that...More

Thank fork_handles
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

meet TripAdvisor's Management Response Guidelines. Mark B, Visitor experience manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this review Hi, Thanks for your email and thoughts on your visit. Most of the reviews we receive are positive, but we do listen to the more...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Varied grounds, interesting walks and birds to watch. Guided walks available. Child friendly events from time to time. No cafe which is a weak point but outdoor picnic space. Charge for parking unless RSPB member. Places to eat or but sandwiches in nearby Sandy.More

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

Hello, Thanks for your review. The shop does sell a range of locally made, quality sandwiches, salads and snacks, along with a range of hot and cold drinks; but it is correct that we don't have a sit- down indoor café. Still , many people...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

This is a place apart, the landscape is not like Bedfordshire but reminds me of southern Europe. The only cost is £5 for parking.More

Thank steve P
Mark B, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Hi, Many thanks for your kind review, the heathland on the Greensand Ridge is a special feature in Bedfordshire. The £5 charge is for car-parking and entry, so great value - and of course RSPB members gain free entry! Hope you can come along again...More

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£5.00 per car , free to RSPB members.
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