Radipole Lake

Weymouth Wetlands

Weymouth Wetlands
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Radipole Lake

  • Marsh Harrier Update

    Marsh HarriersNow 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 to their juveniles. At times the Harriers were flying very close to the hide providing a spectacular sight. This photo is one that Allan Nielson took in 2011.

    It is one of our quieter times for birds but there are Common Terns, Oystercatchers, Common Sandpipers, Little Egrets Swifts and House Martins about. The Cetti's and Reed Warblers continue to be noisy in the reedbeds and Bearded Tits are commonly being seen. Many of our ducks including the Hooded Merganser are now in eclipse plumage. 

    The hedgerows are becoming very colorful with Purple Loosestrife, Hemp Agrimony, Ribbed Melilot, Perforate St John's Wort to name but a few of our wildflowers.  Today I counted 20 Pyramidal Orchids now blooming near the Kingfisher Gate. Butterflies and Dragonflies are becoming more plentiful.

    For the latest sightings, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre, details below, or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments, snacks and ice creams available.

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    E-mailWeymouth.reserves@rspb.org.uk

    Websitewww.rspb.org.uk/radipolelake

    I am away now for the next 2 week, I hope to update the blog at the end of July.

  • 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 or so.

    Bee OrchidBrown Bee Orchid

    Southern Marsh OrchidPyramidal Orchid

    The Southern Marsh Orchids are at their peak with 30 in flower. Most are on the path on the way to the North Hide but there are odd ones on the Buddleia Loop and one not far from the Discovery Centre.

    This week as seen the last of our orchids starting to flower. The Pyramidal Orchid flowers slightly later in July and have yet to reach their peak but 11 have emerged in the past few days near the Kingfisher Gate.

    Common Spotted Orchid

    Over on Lodmoor, there are currently several Common Spotted Orchids in flower near the Viewing Shelter.

    For more information on the orchid locations, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre, details below, or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments, snacks and ice creams available.

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    E-mailWeymouth.reserves@rspb.org.uk

    Websitewww.rspb.org.uk/radipolelake

  • 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 at Radipole in a sensory way. These sessions are Dementia friendly and open to all. 

    Cost: £3 per person (covers the cost of staff guides, activities and a hot drink). 

    Booking Essential on: weymouth.reserves@rspb.org.uk  or call: 01305 778313 

    List of upcoming dates:

    • Monday 4 July 2016
    • Monday 18 July 2016
    • Monday 1 August 2016
    • Monday 15 August 2016
    • Monday 29 August 2016
    • Monday 12 September 2016

    Bearded Tit in Reedbed

    Discover Radipole Lake

    10 am-12 noon

    Runs on the first Thursday of the month.
     
    Join us on one of our free Discover Radipole Lake walks on the first Thursday of the month to track down everything and anything we can find, from birds like bearded tit to otter signs, water voles, dragonflies and butterflies. A perfect introduction to the wildlife found in the middle of town.
     
    Price: Free: Donations Welcome
    No booking necessary - just turn up!
    List of upcoming dates:
    • Thursday 7 July 2016
    • Thursday 4 August 2016
    Swans and Cygnets
    Health Walk at Radipole Lake

    Thursday 2 June to Thursday 28 July

    11.00 am-12.00 pm

    Price: £2 per person

    Join our regular gentle health walk, it might be the helping hand you need to get a better sense of well-being both physically and mentally. 

    Maybe you want to lose weight, meet new people, gain confidence or are finding it difficult to get active. 

    Cost: £2.00 per person 

    No booking necessary - just turn up!

    List of Upcoming Dates:

    • Thursday 7 July 2016
    • Thursday 14 July 2016
    • Thursday 21 July 2016
    • Thursday 28 July 2016

    Group Enjoying Health Walk

    For more information on the above, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre, details below, or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments, snacks and ice creams available.

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    E-mailWeymouth.reserves@rspb.org.uk

    Websitewww.rspb.org.uk/radipolelake