Those of you who have visited The Lodge recently may have noticed that the construction of our medium sized wind turbine in Sandy Ridge field, just behind the Gatehouse, has picked up pace this month.

Rapid progress has been made over recent weeks, as the cabling trenches have been dug which will connect the turbine to the RSPB’s headquarters, The Lodge, and the Grid. Work on the foundations for the turbine has also begun. Today, concrete has been poured over a large circular metal structure which, when dry, will create a strong foundation for the turbine.

Concrete is poured to create a secure foundation for the turbine

The entire installation will take a total of 20 weeks and the turbine itself will be delivered and will be installed in up to five days during January 2016, weather permitting.

We continue to stay in close contact with local parish councils, and are working hard to ensure that we minimise impacts on visitors to The Lodge nature reserve and gardens, and neighbouring communities throughout the turbine construction process.

Once complete the turbine will measure 100m at its highest point and will generate over half of the RSPB’s electricity needs across all of its UK operations.

For more information about The Lodge wind turbine, or to get in touch with us about the project, please visit