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  • Blog Post: Don’t forget Christmas at Radipole Lake!

    This weekend on Sat 13 Dec, is the last one of our fantastic binocular and telescope events at Radipole Lake and is your last chance to come along and try out a wide selection of optics, a great present for a loved one or a treat for yourself perhaps. Expert staff will be on hand to help you make the...
  • Blog Post: Getting into the Christmas spirit at the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre

    Its that time of year again and Radipole Lake has a whole host of events lined up with something for everyone from shopping events to crafts to Santa coming to town! Looking for that perfect present for the wildlife lover in your life or just want to treat yourself why not pop along to Radipole Lake...
  • Blog Post: A scrape, a duck and the starlings!

    The winter work program for wildlife continues at great pace with the creation of a massive (check out the picture!) scrape at the northern end of Radipole Lake for waders. Only completed a couple of weeks ago it has already attracted grey heron, common sandpiper, flocks of black-headed gulls and loafing...
  • Blog Post: Bird bonanza and the science bit!

    Radipole Lake has been hooching with birds lately, our fantastic bearded tit walk was fully booked and people got great views of an amazing 50 bearded tits erupting from the reed bed, its been a great year for them. We also saw chiffchaff (still here!), marsh harrier (magnificent!), reed bunting (always...
  • Blog Post: Exciting start to our winter work for wildlife

    This year we are very lucky to have received a generous grant from SITA to enhance the reserves wetlands around the North Pool. This Autumn the existing North Pool will be getting a face lift, removing built up vegetated soil and encroaching vegetation. A section of the fields to the south of the...
  • Blog Post: Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre - gets a bit of a make over!

    Well not quite but we have recently finished having the roof of the Discovery Centre re-thatched, using a large proportion of our very own reed from Radipole’s reed bed, which is fantastic. It had not been re-thatched since the late 1970’s so badly needed doing and was partly funded through...
  • Blog Post: Canada geese invasion

    Radipole Lake has turned into a Mecca for Canada geese recently with an amazing 300 plus descending on us with a few fantastic feral hangers on in the shape of a barnacle goose and bar headed goose. Its always lovely to see these fellas. Water levels before all this rain were very low and the shallow...
  • Blog Post: Dip into Radipole Lake...

    � Well not literally but its amazing what families are turning up at our pond dipping platform this sunny summer. The ponds are simply heaving with wildlife and as well as the aptly named water boatman comically scooting around, the slow but beautifully formed pond snails who are great at cleaning...
  • Blog Post: Little terns back from the brink!

    Morgan Vaughan and his fantastic team of staff and volunteers have been saving a species right here on our doorstep on Chesil Beach. This year 33 pairs of little tern have nested on Chesil Beach and produced 77 eggs. Hard to believe that just a few years ago the colony here was close to collapse with...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier 1 Magpie 0

    The marsh harriers have given us a scare recently after the male seemed to disappear for a couple of days, this was worrying as he should be bringing food in to the chicks or food passing to the female. Shirking his parental responsibilities surely not! Thankfully just as we were tweeting about it he...
  • Blog Post: Twos better than one!

    It’s that time of year again when we’re very excited to announce that Marsh Harriers have once again bred at our Weymouth reserves, but this they’ve gone one better... We’ve actually got two pairs! Since 2009 we’ve had a male bird which has successfully nested with several...
  • Blog Post: Exciting atrofuscus orchid!

    No it’s not the name of Radipole’s new staff band but a rare form of bee orchid which has again been found at Radipole Lake. The so called atrofuscus bee orchid, a dark version without the yellow markings was first spotted in 2010 and has been seen evey year since. Atrofuscus bee orchid...
  • Blog Post: Booming Back

    All had gone quiet on the bittern front at Lodmoor after the initial flurry of booming in March and April. For the last 6 weeks or so the booming had ceased and we had begun to feel a bit unsure of what was going on... only for the booming to come back this week! The fact that no bitterns had been seen...
  • Blog Post: Terns Return!

    After an anxious wait 30 common terns have returned to Lodmoor recently on the tern islands but are having difficulty settling. These graceful white birds with black caps arrived in the UK from South and West Africa, a reminder that summer is on its way. Its fantastic watching them diving into the water...
  • Blog Post: Some unusual visitors...

    have been spicing up life at Radipole Lake and Lodmoor this week. It all started with a lonesome garganey which has been hanging out at Radipole Lake during the week. The garganey is the only duck that comes here to spend the summer and is a rare breeding bird in Britain. They are a small duck and the...
  • Blog Post: Meet the warblers

    They are arriving in their droves to Radipole’s reed bed and certainly seem to love playing hide and seek in the reeds! Warblers; can they be a bit confusing or what? There are so many different types, they are small with muted colours, not hugely distinctive plumage and they like to hide away...
  • Blog Post: The reeds are alive with the sound of bird song

    They really are! All this warm sunny weather always helps to speed up the arrival of migrant birds and at the moment, they can’t get here quickly enough! Sand martins, house martins and swallows are streaming across the skies and the reed beds are filling up with reed and sedge warblers from Africa...
  • Blog Post: One swallow doesn’t make a summer...

    but actually we have had a steady stream of swallows skimming across the skies of Radipole heading for unknown destinations across the UK. It never ceases to amaze me of the incredible journey these small birds take from the heat of South Africa to the temperate climes of Britain to breed. Swallow. Photo...
  • Blog Post: Booming bittern!

    The hugely exciting news from our Lodmoor nature reserve is that we have a booming bittern. The crazy deep sound like someone blowing over the top of a bottle has been heard for over a week, coming from the reeds. Bitterns are shy herons and males ‘boom’ like this to attract females. We have...
  • Blog Post: Birds without borders

    Spring is here you can feel it and see it all around you, comma butterflies on the wing and a stoat seen slinking through the reeds. Radipole Lake has been busy the last few weeks with birds arriving, nesting, passing through on migration and even taking a little holiday for a while elsewhere. Latest...
  • Blog Post: Making a home for kingfishers

    Its turning into an exciting week at Radipole Lake nature reserve. After the team carried out a clear up of the earth bank by the north hide removing vegetation, extending and compacting it, they were rewarded for their hard work by the arrival of a pair of kingfishers just the next day! They have set...
  • Blog Post: Getting you closer to wildlife

    You can now get much closer to wildlife at the Weymouth Discovery Centre due to the arrival of a new high powered electronic microscope linked to a large digital screen. Its hugely popular with visitors looking at items from the nature table, under it and will be great for close up views of pond dipping...
  • Blog Post: Last days of Winter & first signs of Spring

    Winter visitors, bittern and marsh harrier are still with us and we are hoping that they are enjoying their stay at Radipole so much that they might even stop for the spring/summer and breed. Wouldn’t that be great! At the moment two bitterns have been lurking in the reeds up by the north hide...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings

    This week has seen very changeable weather and with it varying numbers of people wandering around the reserve. Sightings have been fairly predictable with a couple of little surprises thrown in. Bittern is still being seen most days though generally very briefly in flight. Buddleia Loop still seems to...
  • Blog Post: Bittern are back!

    After a very slow start to 2014, at least one Bittern is now being seen at Radipole Lake. However, Lodmoor doesn’t appear to have a resident Bittern this winter so far. This is almost certainly down to the rather mild temperatures we’ve been experiencing so far this year. Bitterns migrate...