I'm sure many of you have already heard the exciting news that this year's Autumnwatch is being hosted by our colleagues over at Arne.
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BBC Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/autumnwatch
Broadcast Dates and Times:
TX Times:Monday 24 October 8pmTuesday 25 October 8pmWednesday 26 October 9pmThursday 27 October 8pm
During Autumnwatch week (also half term), the Discovery Centre at Radipole Lake will be holding an Otter Week. Find out about these creatures through nature trails, quizzes and craft activities. Meet at the Discovery Centre between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, no booking required. Activities are free and the otter nature trail is £1 per child.
Photo Credit: Otter Image by John Wall
For the latest sightings and Autumnwatch news, 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
From the 1st October access to the North Hide will be closed. The hide and the boardwalk have come to the end of their life and are no longer safe for use. Access will end at the locked gate.
What's Coming Next?
A few years ago we started to prepare for when the North Hide would be closed. A new scrape was created which now has had to time to become great for wildlife. There will be a new trail to a viewing structure overlooking both the new scrape and the old north pools. This will be open before Christmas. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. Updates will be posted on this blog.
Lodmoor's Recent Wader Spectacle
A wide variety of waders have been seen over at Lodmoor recently, these include Redshank, Knot, Ringed Plover, Snipe, Lapwing and Dunlin. Good numbers of Common and Green Sandpipers, Black Tailed Godwit (60+), Little Stint and Curlew Sandpipers have been seen most days, a couple of Ruff have been around. Also seen recently: Grey Plover (1), Bar-Tailed Godwit (4+) and Greenshank was seen today. Non-waders have included Canada Geese (600+) grazing and an increase in numbers of Pochard, Teal and Gadwall.
At Radipole Lake the numbers of ducks: Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, have been slowly increasing daily as they return from their summer holidays. Coots (40+) seen from the viewing shelter today with 2 pairs of Shoveler. The numbers of Water Rail have are also been increasing and sightings of Mediterranean Gulls are also steadily increasing.
A beautiful day at Radipole Lake today with sunshine and blue skies. Though many of us are still walking around with our T-shirts and sandals there is a distinctly autumnal feel to the reserve. The days are getting shorter and cooler in the evenings. The autumnal chill in the air is becoming more noticeable as we approach the last week of September.
On my way down to the hide, I noticed that there are less flowers around but the hedgerows are becoming abundant with the fruit bringing some welcome colour. Summer flowers still with us are the Hemp Agrimony, Hedgerow Cranesbill, Stone Parsley, Wild Parsnip and Hogweed.
Plants currently fruiting are the Hawthorn, Dogwood and Guelder Rose. We have several apple trees, a pear tree and a plum tree fruiting on Radipole. Their arrival here is likely to be from people's discarded cores or fruit stones.
While the bramble is becoming heavily laden with blackberries, welcome snacks for birds and the smaller furry animals like the wood mouse.
On the way back to the Discovery Centre, I saw a number of dragonflies and a very obliging Red Darter Dragonfly allowed me to get close enough for a photo-shoot. I also saw Red Admirals, Speckled Woods and Small Whites butterflies making the most of the autumnal sunshine.
Other autumnal plants coming into flower now are Mugwort and Clematis.
For me, a sure sign that it's now Autumn is the Ivy coming into flower. Ivy starts fruiting in late October and this plant is invaluable to birds when food starts becoming more scarce as winter approaches.
My visit to the North Hide was rewarded with a Green Sandpiper flying in with two Black Tailed Godwits and a Little Egret. Other recent Autumn bird sightings include: A Citrine Wagtail was briefly at Radipole on 1st September. Yellow Wagtails roost on Radipole in the Autumn, and a peak count (so far) of 650 was recorded on 5th September. A long staying juvenile Garganey has been seen regularly since August and may still be present at time of writing. Finally another mega, in the form of a Spotted Crake was seen on 20th September.
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.