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  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake's Furry Critters

    We have been lucky enough to see sightings of some of our more elusive shy furry creatures on both our reserves and we have photographic evidence thanks to some of our visitors. Photo Credit: Fox Images by Nicki Maslen The Fox has been seen from our Discovery Centre window several times...
  • Blog Post: Fifty Shades of Pink

    Well, maybe not quite that many shades. During the summer months of July and August, Radipole's hedgerows have a distinct pinky-purpley tinge to them. Below are the wild flowers you can currently see on the reserve, in their various shades of pink and purple. Great Willowherb also know...
  • Blog Post: WaderFest at Weymouth Reserves and other Recent Sightings

    July is the the time when we starting noticing the changes in birds and flowers which signals that we are advancing towards late Summer/Early Autumn. This month has been warm and dry, water levels are slightly lower than normal, therefore more muddy areas have been exposed which means lots of waders...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier Update

    Now is a good time to come to Radipole Lake and Lodmoor to see our resident Marsh Harriers. Both pairs have successfully bred this year with 3 juveniles each so potentially we can see 10 Marsh Harriers on the wing. There were very good views of the Harriers in front of the North Hide lunchtime calling...
  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake's Orchids All in Flower

    All of Radipole Lake's orchids are in currently in flower. This is likely to be the last opportunity to see our Brown Bee Orchid at its best this weekend as the flower at the top of the plant is in bloom. A couple of the typical Bee Orchids are still flowering but will be going over in the next week...
  • Blog Post: Summer Walks at Radipole Lake

    Radipole Reedbed Ramble Monday 4 July to Monday 12 September 2.30 pm-4.30 pm Price: £3 per person Booking essential Join us for a guided series of walks and activities to help you feel comfortable & confident in the outside environment. We'll be enjoying the natural habitat...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier Juveniles Fledged at Radipole Lake

    Good news from Radipole! For the 8th year running our resident Marsh Harriers have successfully nested, and the three youngsters were seen in flight yesterday with mum and dad in attendance. So you could potentially see 5 of these magnificent birds of prey, right here in the centre of Weymouth. ...
  • Blog Post: Sightings at Lodmoor and Radipole Lake, Early Summer 2016

    Lodmoor had the best of the recent sightings. A booming Bittern was there from 8th May although it's gone quiet now. Other highlights include up to 10 species of waders including Black Winged Stilt (10th May), summer plumage Knot and Grey Plover, Little Stint, lots of Whimbrel and a couple of Avocet...
  • Blog Post: Brown Bee Orchid is Back!

    The Brown Bee Orchid is back with us again this year! It was found a few days ago a short distance away from last year's plants. I took these photos on the Buddleia Loop this morning. I counted 4 Bee Orchids this morning, all with different markings on the lower lip. Southern Marsh Orchids...
  • Blog Post: Orchids on Radipole Lake

    In the last week Radipole Lake's Orchids are starting to appear on the reserve. This morning on my walk round, I found two Bee Orchids on the Buddleia Loop and one Southern Marsh near the bridge going towards the North Hide. No reports yet of our famous Brown Bee Orchid ( Ophyrus apifera var atrofuscus...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Radipole Lake and Lodmoor

    Spring has been slow starting this year but we are now getting reports of cygnets and ducklings on both reserves. The Cetti's and Reed Warblers are continuing to be noisy in the reedbeds and butterflies are starting to be seen more frequently. Today's sightings include the Common Blue, Holly...
  • Blog Post: Black Winged Stilt and Booming Bittern at Lodmoor

    It is waderfest over at Lodmoor now! A number of species are can seen including up to 100 Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plover, Common and Green Sandpiper, Bar Tailed Godwits and Whimbrel. The waders are now looking their best in their stunning summer plumage. The Terns have arrived including the rarer Little Tern...
  • Blog Post: Terns, Voles and Flowers at Radipole Lake

    The reed beds were alive with the sound of birdsong as I walked around Radipole Lake this gorgeous sunny morning. I could see and hear Cetti's, Reed and Sedge Warblers chirping away. Swifts were screaming overhead along with Swallows and Sand Martins. The hedgerows are becoming more colourful now...
  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake Ducklings Toddler Group

    Ducklings Toddler Group Dates: Friday 13th May, Friday 10th June, Friday 8th July Time : 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost : £5 per child: includes organised session, juice drink and a hot drink for parents/guardians Radipole Lake presents a new nature themed toddler group for the under...
  • Blog Post: Brilliant Bird Snaperoos!

    Like last Friday, it is a dull wet day at Radipole Lake. From the Discovery Centre though, many Swallows and House Martins are darting across the lake. Two Little Egrets landed at the far end of the reed bed, a Water Rail was pottering among the reeds near the Coot which was sitting on her nest in front...
  • Blog Post: Sounds of Spring

    Get up early to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring! Led by an RSPB Guide, you'll find out about the creatures that live and breed on this unique urban reserve. Sunday 1st May 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. RSPB Members £6, Non-Members £8, Children £2 Meet at RSPB Radipole...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings on the Weymouth Wetlands

    It was a lovely sunshine as I walked around the reserve. I met with this morning's Welly Walk en route with several children enjoying looking at Radipole's wildlife. On this morning's walk there is more Cow Parsley and Lesser Celandine coming into flower and there are now patches of Red...
  • Blog Post: Easter Events at Radipole Lake

    It's a grey day at Radipole but spring is on its way. I found this Cow Parsley this morning in bloom, normally their flowering time is May but the leaves are up in December. I also saw the early signs of Lords and Ladies, Comfrey, Willow and Blackthorn coming into flower as well as the reserve's...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Radipole Lake

    It was warm and sunny this morning at Radipole Lake and spring is starting to emerge all over the reserve. Flowers - Alexanders is in flower outside the Discovery Centre, Lesser Celandine, Primroses, Garden Bluebell, Violets are in bloom around the reserve. Blackthorn is coming into flower and one...
  • Blog Post: Ladies Days at Radipole Lake

    It's a lovely sunny day on the reserve today. Lodmoor currently has 5 Spoonbills and the female Marsh Harrier, a firecrest was reported at Lodmoor Country Park, while Radipole has the male Marsh Harrier, a Mediterranean Gull in the car park and cetti's warblers singing. Photo Credit: Stephanie...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events at Radipole Lake

    It was sunny this morning when I went for a walk around the reserve. There are signs of springs coming through. One of the hawthorn trees is coming into leaf, the cow parsley and the paths are leaving up with hemlock water dropwort and cow parsley leaves. I found a single lesser celandine flower, violets...
  • Blog Post: Saturday 20th February is Duck Day At Radipole Lake

    It was lovely morning at Radipole Lake today. The North Hide opened later today at 11:00 a.m., we had to give the boardwalk a few hours to defrost after a chilly night last night. I walked up to the hide to open up and was rewarded with our two Marsh Harriers displaying and a kestrel hovering. ...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Swan Lake

    Have you every wondered who rings the swans at Radipole Lake? Today I found out! I spend a couple of hours with Derek who rings the swans at Radipole and around the Weymouth are. He invited me to join him in checking the swans and ringing any of last year's young that had not yet been done. ...
  • Blog Post: February Events at Radipole Lake

    It's a dull grey day down here at Radipole Lake. The good news is the water levels are receding and the North Hide is now open. Sightings of the Marsh Harrier have been seen today and Spoonbills made an appearance over at Lodmoor this week. Our Hooded Merganser known as "The Hoodie"...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at Radipole Lake

    It was very wet and grey at Radipole Lake this morning, very few birds about. As you can see from the photos I took this morning, the water levels are high. Some areas are flooded, wellies are essential if you are visiting the North Hide or heading over to Lodmoor. As I write this the skies are now blue...