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  • Blog Post: Kingfisher Weekend at Radipole Lake

    Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Price: Free Do you want to see Kingfishers in the heart of Weymouth? It's the best time of year to see them so drop into our Discovery Centre over our Kingfisher weekend. We'll have volunteers on hand to direct you...
  • Blog Post: BBC's Countryfile Visits Radipole Lake

    On Thursday 29th October we had some visitors to Radipole Lake and they brought some cameras with them... Photo: Ellie Harrison with the film crew and volunteers at the Sand Martin Wall The day went really well, the film crew got good footage of kingfisher, marsh harrier and otter signs and...
  • Blog Post: Victories and wars yet to be fought.

    I joined our band of surveyors this morning for our monthly general reserve survey which provides us with data to analyse population trends and productivity of bird species using the reserve. As one would expect at this time there was quite a high proportion of fledglings amidst the count and on the...
  • Blog Post: October Bird Update

    The first two weeks of October has been exciting for birds. We start with the record breaking news from Arne. They hosted the largest EVER flock of Spoonbills to occur in the UK. At its peak on Thursday 8th October, 60 spoonbills were counted. Back here in Weymouth we currently have 3 Spoonbills on...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers at Radipole Lake

    This morning I was fortunate enough to see a Kingfisher at the North Hide. This Kingfisher sat for a long time on a branch preening itself giving visitors good views. Kingfishers were also seen throughout the day by visitors at the Discovery Centre. Today's sightings are very welcome news for...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 16.09.14

    Little Stint, Little Egret, Bearded Tit, Black-tailed Godwit, Cetti's Warbler, Pintail (female), Marsh Harrier.
  • Blog Post: Back in the saddle.

    Many apologies for the dearth of blogging of late. Again this was in no way born of a lack of newsworthy material but simply a case of too little time. I hasten to add that previous periods of prolific blogging were seldom a case of the devil finding work for idle hands! By a distance the biggest...
  • Blog Post: A tunnel fit for a king.

    As spring gathers pace there is a tangible sense of anticipation as to what may be around each corner - both actual and metaphorical. Birds are arriving daily from their wintering grounds, adding distinctive voices to the ever building choir of the dawn chorus, while eager stems and flowers are painting...
  • Blog Post: Who'd be a fish..?

    Life as a fish on Radipole Lake isn’t the bowl of cherries that many folk might have you believe. Fair enough, you have the freedom of the lake that your ability to respire underwater grants you and added to this freedom is the boon of plentiful invertebrate life to feed you and your entire extended...
  • Blog Post: Want to see a Kingfisher? Nows your chance!

    Next weekend (the 17 th and 18 th Sept), we’ll be holding our Kingfisher weekend. Autumn is normally the best time to see kingfishers at the Weymouth Wetlands but this year many visitors were treated to great views of our breeding pair. However, autumn is still a great time with many young Kingfishers...
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers and sand martins

    Sorry for the recent dearth of blogtivity, we have been experiencing some technical difficulties since the alterations were made to the community pages. There is a good deal to report however, not least on and around the sand martin wall. Last Wednesday Luke and I watched a single sand martin reccy...
  • Blog Post: Its a BOY!

    Well, there is probably a mixture of boys and girls but they will certainly end up wearing blue. Yesterday visitors were reporting an increase in Kingfisher activity which either means something catastrophic had happened or the eggs had hatched. Thankfully we think it’s the latter as the birds...
  • Blog Post: Eight crested grebes.

    A certain sign that spring is in the offing is the return of great crested grebes to the lake, having spent the deepest winter as coast dwellers. A quick stroll around Buddleia in this evening's dying light revealed no fewer than eight individuals - each bedecked in their striking summer finery....
  • Blog Post: Tales from the Riverbank - poor Ratty.

    Last Friday I dusted down the video equipment which we'd been using to record the recent footage of otters. In fading light just before close of play, satisfied that the kit was ready for action after the festive season shut-down, Nick and I re-installed it on one of the channels in the middle of...
  • Blog Post: It's not grim up North Hide.

    North Hide on Radipole has provided some pretty amazing birds over the past few weeks and there is virtually always something of note to hold one's attention. The much publicised glossy ibises seem settled into Radipole life and North Pool is a favoured haunt allowing the capture of images such as...
  • Blog Post: An hour at the North Hide

    What was going to be a 5 minute visit to the North hide this morning turned into roughly an hours visit due to all the amazing sights that were on offer. As soon as I sat down I spotted a pair of Garganey which are probably one of my favourite ducks that occur at Radipole. They are pretty unusual which...
  • Blog Post: Orange dawning.

    Perhaps the best part of these shorter days from my perspective is that you don't have to get up at an ungodly hour to appreciate the best of the day. Out the house at first light and had a lovely stroll around Radipole as the rising sun painted the scene the deepest orange. Happened upon the concrete...