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RSPB The Lodge Nature Reserve, Sandy - Lockdown opening information

Updated 11.02.21

We’re delighted to have our facilities open, you’ll notice we’ve made some changes to help keep everyone safe. See full details in the facilities section below. When visiting us please observe current Government guidance and legal requirements around travel, maximum group sizes, social distancing, hygiene and follow all signage on-site. All those who can, should please wear a face covering inside our toilets and shop. Card payments are preferred. Visit our dedicated Covid-19 updates page for the latest RSPB safety information (link below). We can’t wait to see you!

Opening hours Everyday 7am to 7pm 

You’ll notice we’ve made some changes to help keep you and our staff and volunteers safe. To maintain social distancing, we're operating toilets on a one in, one out and one-way system. They are open 10am-7pm.

Our hide remains closed for now.  Please be mindful of our car park’s very limited capacity. Anyone choosing to visit should please observe current guidance around social distancing, hygiene and follow all signage on-site. We look forward to seeing you (from a safe distance of course!)

The Lodge Nature Reserve and Gardens is a very special place, offering an exceptionally rich combination of wildlife and heritage experiences. The woodland, heath and acid grassland here cover an area of some 220 hectares, and now form the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire.

Helping you find your way around


Access to facilities

Visitor centre

  • Entrance to visitors currently not permitted.
  • Staff available to assist.

Car parking

  • 60 spaces 5 Blue Badge spaces
  • Blue Badge spaces are 50m from the Gatehouse entrance.
  • Blue Badge Space further down the drive towards The Lodge house
  • Compacted stone surface
  • No lighting
  • No formal drop-off point

Nature trails access

  • The path from the Visitor centre and shop, past the hide and to The Lodge house and around the gardens is on level, although at times slightly uneven ground. Other paths will have steeper, stepped sections and are not suitable for mobility vehicles and most prams.
  • Trails can be steeply undulating, with raised tree roots, stepped sections, with some hard sand paths on the level. Seating is provided throughout the reserve. Information provided along trails can be read from a child’s eye/seated position.

Viewing points

  • Viewing points available on the trials. The nearest to the car park is past the Visitor Centre to the right.
  • Hide is currently closed


  • Registered Assistance Dogs welcome.
  • No other dogs are permitted on trails, except the public bridleway.
  • A water bowl is available at the Gatehouse



Find out more about the accessibility of The Lodge. PDF, 51Kb


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Where to go

The Lodge
Potton Road
SG19 2DL
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Everyday 7am to 7pm
Time of day

Other Details

Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old