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Is it a otter? Is it a Bearded tit? No! It's a man on a big machine!
Recent visitors to either Lodmoor or Radipole may have been wowed with some wonderful wildlife in the past few weeks. There was a spectacular purple heron at Radipole a few weeks ago, looking a bit wacky and alternative. These relatives of the grey heron are ever so slowly moving up into the UK and have...
9 Nov 2012
For a few nights in the run-up to the recent flood, whenever the weather looked suitable we set up the moth trap in the back garden, which is very close to the Radipole reserve. Some nights were more productive than others, depending on the weather, but a couple of attempts gave us a few interesting...
15 Jul 2012
Designated management pays dividends.
Mention has been made on these pages of the efforts made in recent times to improve the reserves value to amphibians and reptiles. Back in the spring a number of the recently dug ‘amphibian pools’ had frog spawn in them for the first time. Although some late frosts didn't help the frogs...
30 Aug 2011
Rethink - our secret army.
Yesterday we held the first of our fortnightly work parties of 2011 with the mental health charity Rethink . These regular gatherings have had an understated but hugely significant impact on the management of these reserves, (and consequently for the reserves' wildlife) since we began working in...
13 Jan 2011
A Grand Tradition.
The New Year has seen the commencement of reed cutting on Radipole Lake which comprises a major component of our winter habitat management on the reserve. Reed is cut rotationally which provides manifold benefits to the sites biodiversity. Conservation reed cutting provides differing age structures within...
6 Jan 2011
Had a few queries about the pollarding that is taking place around the paths and pasture at the north of Radipole. Pollarding is a means of managing trees, willows being a prime example, that brings a number of benefits to the reserve, its wildlife and its visitors. From the trees perspective it promotes...
8 Dec 2010
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