Old Lodge NR, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex ... 7th June 2011

An early afternoon stroll around part of Old Lodge Nature Reserve, on the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, produced eleven Common Redstarts (eight of which were stunning males), three Tree Pipits, a Cuckoo, three Common Buzzards and five Stonechats (including a juvenile).

The Heath Spotted Orchids are just coming into flower on the reserve and a few moths were on the wing, mainly Common Heaths but there were also a few Brown Silver-lines.


HEATHER (I think it is Bell Heather)


An Emperor dragonfly and a few Large Red Damselflies were around the pools and several Wood Ant nests were alive with activity.


Graham & Sue


  1. Graham, what a lovely place Old Lodge NR is isn't it?
    Jan and I visited a couple of weeks ago inspired after reading your blog. We certainly enjoyed our visit and the superb male Redstart was worth travelling for. Do you get them at Holmethorpe ?
    Kind Regards

  2. Hi Geoff. Hope Jan and yourself are well. Ages since I saw you last.
    Old Lodge is a gem of a reserve. So peaceful and never crowded. It is well worth a dusk visit for Nightjars and Woodcocks. We had a Redstart at Holmethorpe back in April but we seldom get more than a couple passing through each year.
    Plenty of them at Old Lodge though.
    Hope to see you again before too long.

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