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  • 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: Fungi, flowers, fork tongues and frustration.

    It is now, quite incredibly, (and scarily) 10 years that I have been associated with these wonderful reserves in Weymouth and I never feel less than proud to be involved with the ongoing works here. The recent bittern action, kingfisher antics and the repeated marsh harrier success' are fairly obvious...
  • 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: The Waxwing have landed.

    After a patient wait Waxwings have finally arrived in Weymouth with 9 birds seen flying from the hospital in Monmouth Avenue towards Lodmoor just moments ago. They are one of the most colourful, characterful avian visitors to these Isles and it is relatively unusual for them to move this far south. Although...
  • Blog Post: Otters Stepping Out. The Movie.

    We have made frequent reference to the recent increase in otter signs and sightings on Radipole which have usually come as a result of the growing list of duties that require us to be on site pre-dawn. To save you these ungodly privations we have captured some more footage on our motion activated cameras...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Ratty and life in the undergrowth.

    Last week we began a project to evaluate the value of our recently restored ditches to water voles. Running the project and analysing the data is Alex Hannam, a volunteer who commences a Environmental Science degree in Aberystwyth this autumn. The methodology is thus: 50 metre transects are marked...
  • Blog Post: Want to see a Kingfisher? Nows your chance!

    Next weekend (the 17 th and 18 th Sept), we’ll be holding our Kingfisher weekend. Autumn is normally the best time to see kingfishers at the Weymouth Wetlands but this year many visitors were treated to great views of our breeding pair. However, autumn is still a great time with many young Kingfishers...
  • Blog Post: October Bird Update

    The first two weeks of October has been exciting for birds. We start with the record breaking news from Arne. They hosted the largest EVER flock of Spoonbills to occur in the UK. At its peak on Thursday 8th October, 60 spoonbills were counted. Back here in Weymouth we currently have 3 Spoonbills on...
  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake's Island Gets a Trim

    Nesting season has now finished and it's a good time to clear the island in front of the Discovery Centre which becomes overgrown during the summer. The main common plants found on the island are Stinging Nettles, Curled Dock, Redshank, Purple Loosestrife, Hemp Agrimony and Mugwort. However one of...
  • Blog Post: Bearded Tit Walks at Radipole Lake

    Autumn is one of the best times to see Bearded Tits at RSPB Radipole Lake. Its when they migrate and when they start to erupt. Intrigued? If you've never seen one, or would like to find out more about these beautiful birds, then join our guided walks with an expert. Bearded Tit Walk Dates: ...
  • Blog Post: Otter Evenings at Radipole Lake

    Did you know that otters breed right here in the middle of Weymouth? Otters have been sighted at Radipole for the past 10 years. There is a resident female that breeds every year. Join us for the evening as we try to track down some signs of these elusive creatures like footprints and smelly spraint...
  • Blog Post: Great Crested Grebe Chicks

    Great Crested Grebe Chicks can still been seen on Radipole Lake this late in summer. A couple of weeks ago RSPB volunteer David Jones took these photos of a pair of proud Great Crested Grebe parents and their two chicks. When the chicks hatch, they ride on their parents back for the first few weeks....
  • Blog Post: Kingfishers at Radipole Lake

    This morning I was fortunate enough to see a Kingfisher at the North Hide. This Kingfisher sat for a long time on a branch preening itself giving visitors good views. Kingfishers were also seen throughout the day by visitors at the Discovery Centre. Today's sightings are very welcome news for...
  • Blog Post: Another Radipole Rarity Makes Its 2015 Appearance

    I have not previously blogged about the Golden Dock as it tends to appear in the conservation areas which are not accessible to the public. Not this year! I am pleased to report the Golden Dock has appeared in very public part of the reserve right next door to the Discovery Centre and under the noses...