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  • Blog Post: Recent Wildlife Sightings – Radipole and Lodmoor

    Birds The Lodmoor Marsh Harrier pair and their 4 fledglings have now dispersed as have the Radipole pair with 2 young. There are chicks, ducklings and cygnets about on both reserves. Oystercatchers at Lodmoor have 2 healthy chicks, Mute Swans on both sites have good numbers of cygnets with them...
  • Blog Post: Weymouth Wetlands Wildlife - Recent Sightings

    Birds The Lodmoor Marsh Harriers were joined by 3 fledglings around 20th June, and then a 4th youngster in the first week of July. Marsh Harriers also nest at Radipole and 2 fledglings were see from the North Hide on 6th July. A Bittern was at Lodmoor on 21st June. There are chicks, ducklings...
  • Blog Post: Pyramidal Orchids and Bug Hunting

    The Pyramidal Orchids are now in flower here at Radipole Lake. I counted twenty plants on my walk this morning and I am sure more will appear in the next week or two. They can easily be seen after the kingfisher gate, about 50 paces on the left hand side of the path on the way down to the North Hide...
  • Blog Post: Second Brown Bee Orchid found at Radipole Lake

    I went out on the reserve this afternoon to check on the progress of the first Brown Bee Orchid to make its appearance this year. Another flower was in bloom. The plant had clearly had many visitors since I first found it as the area had been trampled and some 'gardening' had taken place. I searched...
  • Blog Post: Brown Bee Orchid makes its 2015 appearance

    This morning when I visited the Discovery Centre there had been reports of typical Bee Orchids around the reserve but none as yet of the Brown Bee Orchid. I am pleased to report that I did found our Brown Bee Orchid on my wildflower wander. The photos below were taken this afternoon. There are currently...
  • Blog Post: Wildflower Update

    It has been warm and sunny on Radipole though it did cloud over for a while in the afternoon. The Purple Heron over at Lodmoor has now moved on but today three Little Egrets came to visit. They were joined by Grey Herons and Black tailed Godwits. The Marsh Harrier was seen from the North Hide. ...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Exotic Species: The Brown Bee Orchid

    June is traditionally the peak time of year for our bee orchids which appear on both Radipole and Lodmoor. Radipole has become well known for the 'Atrofuscus' or 'Brown Bee', a variety of bee orchid which I first discovered in 2008. (The very first atrofuscus which I discovered is my...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Exotic Species: The Hyposinga heri Spider, last seen in the UK in 1912

    Radipole volunteer, Allan Neilson, discovered this spider, Hyposinga heri on one of his surveys at Radipole . Though this species doesn't have a common name, the female spider in Allan's photos has become known as "Harriet". Below is Allan's account of his discovery : On 28-May...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Exotic Species: Bee Eater and Purple Heron

    Bee eaters were heard at Radipole last Sunday, 24th May. It was heard again over on Lodmoor on Tuesday 26th May. Last year they bred successfully on the Isle Wight. In 2002 they bred for the first time in the UK since 1955 in the Durham village of Bishop Middleham, near Sedgefield. Over on Lodmoor...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for summer on our reserves

    Large areas of the Arne reserve are managed by grazing which helps keep the vegetation under control to create ideal habitats for wildlife. Much of the Estates Team’s work over the last few weeks has therefore involved making sure that our fences and gates were in good condition before the cattle...
  • Blog Post: Today's Wild Flower Sightings

    It 's a sunny day here in Radipole and spring has definitely arrived.The reed beds are now alive with the chirping of the cetties and sedge warblers while pochard, gadwall and shelducks are paddling about in front of the Discovery Centre. Today we had two welcome visitors, a redshank on the island...
  • Blog Post: May Events at Radipole Lake

    Monday 25th May from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reptile Day Expert handlers will be at the RSPB Radipole Lake, Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre DT4 7TZ providing hourly talks and offering the chance to handle some of the animals. Talks will be on the hour from 11:00 a.m. No need to book for this free event...
  • Blog Post: Half term fun and the Biking Birder pays us a visit

    Half term is almost here and with it comes some great family fun to be had at the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre at Radipole Lake from Sat 14 Feb – Sat 21 Feb Drop in any day between 10 am and 4 pm to join in with the free craft activities including seed bomb making and the return of the ever popular...
  • Blog Post: Winter Wildlife, Big Garden Birdwatch & Farewell to Michelle

    Its 2015!! and winter has well and truly arrived. Across Radipole Lake amongst the floods we have had freezing winds, frosty nights and icy days. All this hasn’t deterred the male and female marsh harrier from cavorting about as if it were spring, tumbling through the air, sky dancing and people...
  • Blog Post: Don’t forget Christmas at Radipole Lake!

    This weekend on Sat 13 Dec, is the last one of our fantastic binocular and telescope events at Radipole Lake and is your last chance to come along and try out a wide selection of optics, a great present for a loved one or a treat for yourself perhaps. Expert staff will be on hand to help you make the...
  • Blog Post: Getting into the Christmas spirit at the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre

    Its that time of year again and Radipole Lake has a whole host of events lined up with something for everyone from shopping events to crafts to Santa coming to town! Looking for that perfect present for the wildlife lover in your life or just want to treat yourself why not pop along to Radipole Lake...
  • Blog Post: A scrape, a duck and the starlings!

    The winter work program for wildlife continues at great pace with the creation of a massive (check out the picture!) scrape at the northern end of Radipole Lake for waders. Only completed a couple of weeks ago it has already attracted grey heron, common sandpiper, flocks of black-headed gulls and loafing...
  • Blog Post: Bird bonanza and the science bit!

    Radipole Lake has been hooching with birds lately, our fantastic bearded tit walk was fully booked and people got great views of an amazing 50 bearded tits erupting from the reed bed, its been a great year for them. We also saw chiffchaff (still here!), marsh harrier (magnificent!), reed bunting (always...
  • Blog Post: Exciting start to our winter work for wildlife

    This year we are very lucky to have received a generous grant from SITA to enhance the reserves wetlands around the North Pool. This Autumn the existing North Pool will be getting a face lift, removing built up vegetated soil and encroaching vegetation. A section of the fields to the south of the...
  • Blog Post: Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre - gets a bit of a make over!

    Well not quite but we have recently finished having the roof of the Discovery Centre re-thatched, using a large proportion of our very own reed from Radipole’s reed bed, which is fantastic. It had not been re-thatched since the late 1970’s so badly needed doing and was partly funded through...
  • Blog Post: Canada geese invasion

    Radipole Lake has turned into a Mecca for Canada geese recently with an amazing 300 plus descending on us with a few fantastic feral hangers on in the shape of a barnacle goose and bar headed goose. Its always lovely to see these fellas. Water levels before all this rain were very low and the shallow...
  • Blog Post: Dip into Radipole Lake...

    � Well not literally but its amazing what families are turning up at our pond dipping platform this sunny summer. The ponds are simply heaving with wildlife and as well as the aptly named water boatman comically scooting around, the slow but beautifully formed pond snails who are great at cleaning...
  • Blog Post: Little terns back from the brink!

    Morgan Vaughan and his fantastic team of staff and volunteers have been saving a species right here on our doorstep on Chesil Beach. This year 33 pairs of little tern have nested on Chesil Beach and produced 77 eggs. Hard to believe that just a few years ago the colony here was close to collapse with...
  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier 1 Magpie 0

    The marsh harriers have given us a scare recently after the male seemed to disappear for a couple of days, this was worrying as he should be bringing food in to the chicks or food passing to the female. Shirking his parental responsibilities surely not! Thankfully just as we were tweeting about it he...
  • Blog Post: Twos better than one!

    It’s that time of year again when we’re very excited to announce that Marsh Harriers have once again bred at our Weymouth reserves, but this they’ve gone one better... We’ve actually got two pairs! Since 2009 we’ve had a male bird which has successfully nested with several...