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  • 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: A Day of Firsts...

    Today was a day of honest, energy-sapping endeavour spent 'putting the Buddleia verges to bed' with brush cutters and elbow greace; but as so often Radipole offered up her finest as more than ample reward. Damon, (our erstwhile Estate Worker then Arne's Estate worker, now Dorset's Estate...
  • Blog Post: Rebirth, renewal and regrowth (repeated).

    Following on from yesterdays blog a picture of frog and spawn by Allan taken in the self same (and justly named) amphibian pool. While out listening for bittern on Radipole this morning, Anne - very much our amphibian go to girl - found newts within the secret garden pools for the first time. Although...
  • Blog Post: Spare us the Cutter

    Visitors to Radipole last week may have noticed a commotion coming from the ditches and the sound of machinery chugging through the reeds; some might also remember hearing the same thing last autumn. In a couple of places it looks as if a small tank has barged through the reeds, crossed the path and...
  • Blog Post: Winter Wonderland Part II

    Nick mentioned some of the scarcities from yesterdays birding bonanza such as the Smew, 8 Goosander (including a drake), 5 Woodlark and 2 Bittern. But he didn't mention some of the real highlights. Best of all was the shear numbers of birds passing overhead. Remarkably the highest count of the day...
  • Blog Post: Blasé about Bitterns

    When you see something several times a day it’s easy to become blasé about them. Bittern sightings have been going through the roof recently which led me to ask the question to colleagues, can you get blasé about bitterns? This was something I never thought I’d ask but I was...
  • Blog Post: Merlin don't sit on Lamp posts do they?

    It’s not very often that you get a merlin visit your bird feeder, but this afternoon that happened to us! If you've been to the visitor centre you would have noticed our little bird feeder hanging from the window. It’s usually home to several sparrow though there could have been one less...
  • Blog Post: A big birdy told me...

    I had a slightly bizarre encounter with one of our wintering Bitterns yesterday afternoon. One of the great things about working at Radipole is having to walk through the reserve every time I need to get to the office. This enables me to sneak in a bit of extra birdwatching and in the past its lead to...
  • 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: 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: Where are the migrants?

    Radipole Lake and Lodmoor are perfectly situated on the south coast where spring migrant make first contact with the UK. Over the past few weeks we have been scanning the skies and staring at bushes waiting for the first wanderers to return. Chiffchaffs are the only migrants so far to have appeared although...