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  • Blog Post: A Water Harrier..?

    In just a few years the marsh harrier - it could be argued - has become the signature bird of Weymouth Wetlands having successfully bred twice on each reserve since 2009 following a Dorset-wide breeding absence of almost half a century. The early weeks of 2012 have seen a steady stream of harrier activity...
  • Blog Post: Small wonder

    This misty morning, after surveying the copious evidence of someone’s haze-inducing, lager session at the viewing shelter, I was walking back to along on Buddleia Trail to fetch a rubbish bag when I spotted a movement way ahead on the path. The brown critter scurrying across into the border at...
  • Blog Post: Can't think of an exciting title about Scaup

    At the risk of boring our readers, I am going to blog about a few brown ducks. Scaup are actually quite scarce visitors to Radipole, they often spend the winter at Lodmoor but are often distant which means views are usually not that good. But occasionally we get them at Radipole which means that views...
  • Blog Post: Festive Reedbed Management - with our Rethink Reinforcements.

    The RSPB in Weymouth have been working closely with the mental health charity Rethink for over seven years now and the relationship is as strong as ever - as are the benifits to all parties. Recent visitors to Radipole will have seen what is gradually becoming a substancial area of cut reed snaking up...
  • Blog Post: Pinging back from the brink.

    The past couple of years has seen breeding bearded tit numbers fall quite markedly on Radipole in particular. Last year we could only confirm one pair for certain on the reserve although Lodmoor fared slightly better. The reasons for these declines are likely to be meteorological with the atypically...
  • Blog Post: They're behind you...!

    As you may know we have been attempting over recent months to film otters at Radipole. In practise this has meant identifying sites that they frequent (as indicated by recent footprints and a liberal scattering of fragrant otter poo nearby) and then installing a camera trap in the hope that our quarry...
  • Blog Post: Morning Meander Melodies

    With the wind turning round to the north and north/east, even a short walk around the reserve requires some preparation, with scarves, hats and gloves once again getting taken out of the drawers, but the reward is worth the effort. Even if the edges of some of the ponds show a bit of frosting, and splashy...
  • Blog Post: Big Pink

    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...
  • Blog Post: A tunnel fit for a king.

    As spring gathers pace there is a tangible sense of anticipation as to what may be around each corner - both actual and metaphorical. Birds are arriving daily from their wintering grounds, adding distinctive voices to the ever building choir of the dawn chorus, while eager stems and flowers are painting...
  • Blog Post: Two Owls!!

    Owls are undoubtedly one of the more charismatic bird groups, (what with their night vision and ability to hear a pin drop at 40 silent wing beats) and I was lucky enough to see two species yesterday at either end of the county. In the morning we witnessed a magnificent short-eared owl on Arne...
  • Blog Post: You can’t beat a bit of Bully!

    If push came to shove and I was forced to definitively name my number one British bird the answer, almost invariably, would be the bullfinch, (while acknowledging the relative merits of both the starling and the shoveller). I can remember how, when gazing out of my bedroom window as a kid, the sight...
  • Blog Post: Fond Memories of Nick Quintrell

    It's now been six weeks since the tragic loss of our colleague and friend Nick Quintrell. We are still coming to terms with his sudden loss and his absence is still very much felt down here on the Weymouth Wetlands. The Weymouth blogging team have also lost our finest blogger. Nick's brilliant...
  • Blog Post: Holy echo-locating Batman!

    A quick impromptu bat foray last night proved to be one of the best bat watching nights I’ve had at Radipole! Chris suggested we go out for a wander around the reserve to see what was going on. No sooner had he finished his sentence my coat was on and Armed with a torch and a bat detector we headed...
  • Blog Post: Tales from the Riverbank - poor Ratty.

    Last Friday I dusted down the video equipment which we'd been using to record the recent footage of otters. In fading light just before close of play, satisfied that the kit was ready for action after the festive season shut-down, Nick and I re-installed it on one of the channels in the middle of...
  • Blog Post: White Stork at Radipole!

    Yesterday we hear of a report of a stork that flew over the reserve. This is a very rare bird in Weymouth so we were keen to see any photos of the bird. To our delight we received this picture this morning and it clearly shows a White Stork! It flew over the reserve at about midday on Saturday...
  • Blog Post: An early morning reward

    Today dawn chorus walk turned into something pretty exciting this morning. The walk started with the usual Reed and Sedge Warblers singing then a few Cetti’s chipped in. It then started to rain which made us dash towards the buddleia viewing shelter where we saw this beauty flying in front of us...
  • Blog Post: Phenology - The Recording of Natural Events

    In my flower blog last week I mentioned that the flowering blackthorn was recorded on the phenology website. Phenology is the study and recording the timing of natural events such as budburst, first flowering, fruiting, autumn leaf fall, hibernation, migration of birds, first songs, nesting, first butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Bitterns About!

    We often get wintering Bitterns at Radipole Lake and this year is no exception. We've had a bittern seen on and off since last November but today we appear to have two!! I am not sure why but the Bittern(s) have been rather active this morning, flying around the reserve presumably looking for good...
  • Blog Post: Who's the Daddy?

    Late last year I wrote in this blog about a spider ( Steotoda nobilis ) which was living in our bathroom and which we came to call Lassie. Concerned about Lassie’s apparently self-destructive diet regime we gave her a square meal and observed her return to prime condition. As winter progressed...
  • Blog Post: Its getting otter and otter!

    With one thing and another, including some hot weather and some hotter technical hitches, we have not done such a grand job of keeping you up to speed with the restoration, but here is the latest news... The work in the meadow to the south of north hide is almost complete and the ditches are lookig...
  • Blog Post: Bengal Tiger Substitute.

    Friend of the Weymouth Wetlands, naturalist and top notch camera boffin Pete Coe had his plans to visit the Sub-Continent for the festive period put on ice (literally - due to the 'snow chaos'). However, undeterred Pete ventured to his local patch in the hope of capturing a glimpse of a streaky...
  • Blog Post: Utterly Ottery Antics

    Sunday morning last, our esteemed site manager Nick T was showing local birder Bob Ford the ropes regarding volunteering as an auxiliary hide opener/ closer (familiarity with padlock use essential, binocular use desirable). Before Nick's arrival Bob had witnessed an otter catch, land and partially...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to our New BLOG!!

    Welcome to Radipole lakes brand new blog where we will be updating regularly with news and stories straight from the nature reserve and visitor centre. Radipole Lake is a very special place for wildlife and for people. Being situated in the middle of a busy town, it is almost unique amongst RSPB reserves...
  • Blog Post: The spider who came in from the cold.

    Let us introduce you to Lassie. She lives in our bathroom, just inside the slightly ajar top window to be precise, from where she has a commanding view of all who come and go as their ablutions and bodily functions require. We’re most likely to notice her at night when she emerges from her favourite...
  • Blog Post: Another coat of gloss.

    The understandable excitement generated by our showy Glossy Ibis of yesterday saw a steady stream of expectant birders making their way up to North Hide in hope of more catwalk antics today. Although the green sheened one did put in an appearance this morning, it was - unlike yesterday - at a distance...