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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Enjoy The New View at Radipole Lake

    Radipole Lake's patio has been closed to visitors for the past few weeks as it underwent a complete refurbishment and transformation. The above photos show the patio in September before the refurbishment started. The photos below show the work which took place to transform...
  • Blog Post: BBC's Countryfile Visits Radipole Lake

    On Thursday 29th October we had some visitors to Radipole Lake and they brought some cameras with them... Photo: Ellie Harrison with the film crew and volunteers at the Sand Martin Wall The day went really well, the film crew got good footage of kingfisher, marsh harrier and otter signs and...
  • Blog Post: Decorate your own Christmas Cake at Radipole Lake!

    We are pleased to welcome back expert local baker and cake decorator Marion Bakes to host a unique and intimate cake decorating class. A real one off! Book now for your chance to decorate and take home your own Christmas Cake this year. Tuesday 8th December from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. £10...
  • Blog Post: Binocular Roadshows at Radipole Lake

    Binocular and Telescope Days Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December from 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. 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...
  • Blog Post: Stone-curlew in Weymouth.

    Lodmoor, for a brief time on Friday, was host to a very unusual visitor in the weird, almost cartoonish shape of a Stone-curlew . We have had sporadic spring records (ca. 5 in 30 years) but as far as we can ascertain this was the first 'autumn' bird seen on the moor. Stone curlew are undergoing...
  • Blog Post: Winter Thrushes.

    The recent cold snap has promoted an influx of thrush species to the reserves and surrounding countryside. Movements of blackbirds and song thrush have seen the local population temporarily expand and northerly species the redwing and fieldfare have dramatically increased in the past week. The main driver...
  • Blog Post: Alien fish

    While cutting my way through dense carr at the top of Radipole (to access and fell willows growing into and damming the river), I noticed a number of small fish left stranded by last weeks retreating flood water. I was able to identify them as sunbleak a species first identified on Radipole in the winter...
  • Blog Post: CSI Radipole.

    While carrying out running repairs on the locked gate bridge, Anne and I made a rather peculiar and somewhat macabre discovery. As the below photograph reveals a 3-spined stickleback was impaled upon the handrail by its largest dorsal spine... but how did it come to meet this curious demise? Our minds...
  • Blog Post: Three otters

    Will and I have just returned from the reserve in a state of sheer elation having seen no fewer than three otters for a duration of about 5 minutes. Neither of us felt that it would be right to follow them and possibly cause distress so we left them to it as they pootled up river - you cannot really...
  • Blog Post: Seven Harriers and a full-time Hobby.

    Many apologies for the dearth of activity on the blog front this past week. This was not born of a lack of newsy material, or for that matter a lack of blogging commitment on Luke’s or my part. Rather boringly it has been a malicious, insidious computer gremlin that had robbed our good intentions...
  • Blog Post: What big eyes you have...

    Possibly the greatest allure of wildlife watching is the tangible sense of anticipation for what may lie around every corner - of possible new species to encounter or new behaviours to witness from more familiar characters. The scene below was photographed by regular (almost resident) visitor Dan Dench...
  • Blog Post: Justified Gentrification.

    The surrounds of the Visitor Centre at Radipole have undergone a rapid transformation, Ground Force style (only better!), with not a pagoda, geranium, Dimmock or Titchmarsh in sight! The tatty area besides the bridge onto the reserve has been 'made over' and now boasts a smart decked platform...
  • Blog Post: It's the little things that matter.

    The pond-dipping area has been up and running outside the Visitor Centre at Radipole for about a week now, with heaps of small critters being discovered. The most notable species found so far is Daphnia (the water flea) with hundreds coming out in an average trawl with the net. Add to this a strong supporting...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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...