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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake Reserve Update

    It's a beautiful sunny day down here at Radipole Lake. As you might expect after the recent rain, the water levels are higher than normal and the reserve is accessible but muddy in places. The North Hide is open but wellies and caution are required as the boardwalk is flooded or slippery in places...
  • Blog Post: Why Are We Cutting Scrub and Burning Reeds at Radipole Lake?

    Why Are We Cutting Scrub at Radipole Lake? As you wander around the reserve you will notice that some parts have recently been cleared as illustrated in the photos below. Over the next three years our reserve team staff & volunteers will be cutting back a large amount...
  • Blog Post: January Events at Radipole Lake

    Happy New Year to you all from the RSPB staff and volunteers at Radipole Lake! The North Hide and boardwalk is unfortunately closed at the moment due to the high water levels. The majority of the reserve is still accessible. On a positive note the Alexanders is starting to flower in the car park and...
  • Blog Post: Free Bird-watching for Beginners Courses 2016

    The start of a new year is a great time to start a new hobby like bird-watching. The RSPB are running three Bird-watching for Beginners Courses in early 2016 which are aimed specifically at complete novices. Learn how to identify a range of common birds with friendly experts at a relaxed pace. Course...
  • Blog Post: Father Christmas is coming to Radipole Lake!

    Saturday 12 th December 1:00 to 3:00 pm The staff at Radipole Lake are delighted to announce that a very special guest will be spending the afternoon with us here at Radipole Lake - Father Christmas himself! Whilst his eight reindeer rest-up for the biggest night of their year, he called the Weymouth...
  • Blog Post: Binocular Roadshow at Radipole Lake

    Binocular and Telescope Day Saturday 12th December from 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. Come along and browse our extensive range of optics, with experts on hand to advise. Try before you buy, brands to suit all budgets! 10% off all RSPB products! Telephone: 01305 778313 or e-mail: Weymouth.reserves@rspb...