We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve

Features Animals
The Lodge Potton Road, Sandy SG19 2DL, England
+44 1767 693333
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Pleasant visit

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
bongojonaz
,
biggleswade
via mobile
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
Claire O
,
Bicester, United Kingdom
Read all 95 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (10 reviews)
“car park” (8 reviews)
“magpie” (2 reviews)
Open Now
Hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
The Lodge Potton Road, Sandy SG19 2DL, England
CONTACT
+44 1767 693333
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (95)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"sandwiches"
in 10 reviews
"car park"
in 8 reviews
"magpie"
in 2 reviews
"unusual birds"
in 2 reviews
"bird hide"
in 3 reviews
"helpful volunteers"
in 2 reviews
"an interesting place to visit"
in 2 reviews
"enjoy the scenery"
in 2 reviews
"small selection"
in 2 reviews
"picnic benches"
in 2 reviews
"bird watchers"
in 2 reviews
"sandy ridge"
in 3 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 2 reviews
"lovely reserve"
in 2 reviews
"quarry"
in 8 reviews
"walks"
in 47 reviews
"woodland"
in 13 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 94 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Mark B, Public Relations Manager at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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 Claire O
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 January 2018

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

Thank eigbob
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Mark B, other at RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2018

Thank you for your kind review.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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 CRose8
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Sandy Hotels
Days Inn Sandy
333 reviews
2.65 km away
Stratton House Hotel
177 reviews
3.91 km away
The Crown Hotel
56 reviews
3.94 km away
Travelodge Bedford Wyboston
171 reviews
7.56 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Pecoro
94 reviews
1.99 km away
The Royal Oak
169 reviews
3.04 km away
John O'Gaunt Inn
228 reviews
3.25 km away
The Coach House
252 reviews
3.31 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Horseshoes Blunham
5 reviews
4.65 km away
Moggerhanger Manor
22 reviews
5.36 km away
The Shuttleworth Collection
470 reviews
5.50 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
cans14
13 August 2015|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from willSomerset | Reviewed this property |
£5.00 per car , free to RSPB members.
2
Votes
Membership_Slide_Up_Placement_on_Attraction_Review
Get 10% off your next tour or activity booking.
Valid for new TripAdvisor sign-ups only.
Join TripAdvisor