RSPB The Lodge nature reserve and gardens
RSPB The Lodge nature reserve and gardens is one of the best places in the county to visit wildlife friendly gardens in attractive natural landscapes. Gardeners will enjoy the beautiful gardens around The Lodge, which are the UK headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protections of Birds. The gardens are specially managed for wildlife and combine stunning borders and sprawling wisterias with bumble bees, butterflies and places for herons to catch fish and geese to raise their young.
It is an exemplar of gardening for wildlife, with lots of tips and examples for visitors to take home: plant bee-friendly plants, create log piles and compost heaps, and let the grass grow long! Wildlife friendly plants used in the gardens are available to purchase from The Gatehouse Shop.
Opening Times: 7am - 8pm (or dusk if earlier)
Admission Rates: Free for RSPB Members, £6 per vehicle parking applies.
Group Rates: Available on request
Facilities: The Gatehouse Shop stocks a range of binoculars and telescopes, books, bird food and care, gifts, snacks and drinks. Picnic tables are available at the Gatehouse, you're welcome to have your picnic both on the Gatehouse lawn or in the gardens at The Lodge. The Visitor Information Centre provides information and year-round activities for children, and next to it is a natural play area for children to run, climb, balance and let off steam. There are four nature trails to explore woodland, heathland and farmland, offering great opportunities to see interesting wildlife and attractive landscapes.
Disabled Access: Unisex accessible toilets are available at the Gatehouse and The Lodge. Three disabled parking bays are available in the main car park and two on the main drive near the hide and gardens. Access limited due to uneven surfaces on trail paths and steps.
Toilets: At the Gatehouse and The Lodge
Events: Gardens used for events in the summer including outdoor theatre performances. Details of upcoming events on the reserve available on our website.
Car/Coach Parking: Available at The Gatehouse main car park.
Length of Visit: 1.5 hours per trail
Telephone: 01767 693333
Location: RSPB The Lodge nature reserve and gardens, Potton Rd, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL
Updated: December 2019