Lessons of birds and mammals at RSPB The Lodge’s Giving Nature a Home festival in Sandy

The RSPB Giving Nature a Home festival at The Lodge in Sandy. Photo: RSPB

The RSPB Giving Nature a Home festival at The Lodge in Sandy. Photo: RSPB - Credit: Archant

RSPB The Lodge in Sandy held its annual Giving Nature a Home festival on Sunday – and despite the wet weather, a great time was had by all.

The RSPB Giving Nature a Home festival at The Lodge in Sandy. Photo: RSPB

The RSPB Giving Nature a Home festival at The Lodge in Sandy. Photo: RSPB - Credit: Archant

The elements almost forced the event to be called off, but ultimately it was moved from the Gatehouse lawn to the covered area within the visitor information centre.

The planned bird ringing demonstration had to be cancelled, but there was still plenty on offer from the RSPB Bedford local group, the Beds Natural History Society, the Cambridge Mammal Society’s small mammal trapping team and more.

A big hit for both kids and adults was the owl pellet dissection.

Lodge warden Lizzie Bruce said: “It is fascinating to go carefully through the owl pellets and discover what the local owls have been hunting – many were full of small mammal bones.”

The RSPB Giving Nature a Home festival at The Lodge in Sandy. Photo: RSPB

The RSPB Giving Nature a Home festival at The Lodge in Sandy. Photo: RSPB - Credit: Archant


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Lodge volunteers helped with nest box making, and children got messy making feeders full of fat balls to take away with them.

Lizzie added: “Despite what started as a wet day, the sun did appear and lots of families came along, making it a great success.”

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