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  • 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Couldn't have gone any better!

    At the start of yesterdays ‘Discover Radipole Lake’ walk, I perhaps rather foolishly asked everyone if there was something in particular anyone really wanted to see. Names such as Bearded Tit, Bittern, Kingfisher were all mentioned and I thought to myself, "Oh no... have I accidentally...
  • Blog Post: The Big Push

    Strolling along, minding my own business... I spotted something familiar among the Fleabane and grasses beside the Radipole hide trail last week. It was (and still is) a Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi), an unmistakeable species with an abdomen banded with vivid black and yellow stripes, which inspired...
  • Blog Post: Our first Cuckoo of Spring...

    ... Well first cuckoo flower anyway! Returning from the North Hide this evening, the eagle-eyed Emblem-English, (or Chris to his many friends) made a welcome botanical discovery in the delicate shape of our very first cuckoo flower. I am sure that we all have certain things, particular to ourselves...
  • Blog Post: The Lovin' Spoonbill.

    Hot on the heels of Radipole's ibises, Lodmoor is now playing host to a scarce exotic of its own, (from the same Threskiornithidea family) in the unmistakably cartoonish shape of a spoonbill. We are accustomed to having one or two spoonbills drop in from time to time and on one occasion we had five...
  • Blog Post: Line 'em up

    Spending many hours on Chesil Beach watching over the little tern colony over the last two months, it was inevitable that at some point my jumbled mind would turn to the matter of how many pebbles form the 18 mile long shingle bank, and furthermore, how far would they reach if laid side by side in a...
  • Blog Post: A Skulking LBJ (...with occasional exhibitionist tendencies).

    One of the signature birds of the Weymouth Wetlands is the Cetti’s warbler – a ‘little brown job’ with an ‘often heard seldom seen’ reputation for leading birders on a merry song and dance. Frequenting dense undergrowth into which their subtle plumage cannily blends...
  • Blog Post: Spring is on the move at Radipole

    Now that January is behind us and hopefully the icy blast that it brought us, I had a wander around Radipole's footpaths to look for signs of spring on this first day of February. The Winter Heliotrope is now in full flower having recovered from the icy blast last...
  • Blog Post: It's not grim up North Hide.

    North Hide on Radipole has provided some pretty amazing birds over the past few weeks and there is virtually always something of note to hold one's attention. The much publicised glossy ibises seem settled into Radipole life and North Pool is a favoured haunt allowing the capture of images such as...
  • Blog Post: The Nick Quintrell Memorial Evening

    The evening of Tuesday 30th October saw colleagues and friends of Nick Quintrell gather in the Visitor Centre to remember and celebrate his life. Nick's sister Tammy and her children, along with Mazie, visited the reserve earlier in the day. The children participated in the half term events laid...
  • Blog Post: Hanging Around

    "Big Freeze" and "Arctic conditions" - it seems to me that there's a certain inevitability about the way such phrases appear among some sections of the media when we are about to experience not unfamiliar winter weather conditions in er... winter. However this time it has indeed...
  • Blog Post: Coming soon

    Regular visitors to the reserve cannot fail to have noticed that the Visitor Centre has been closed for some time now, and you may be starting to wonder when it will be opening again. Just to give you some background, the RSPB decided sometime ago that the centre needed a refurbishment, to make the building...
  • Blog Post: Spring has Sprung

    The plants are beginning to move and show themselves as the days are getting longer. As I walked through Radipole this morning I came across a patch of Sweet Violets in full flower. This is our only fragrant violet. Next was a hawthorn tree in full leaf. On closer inspection there...
  • Blog Post: A Water Harrier..?

    In just a few years the marsh harrier - it could be argued - has become the signature bird of Weymouth Wetlands having successfully bred twice on each reserve since 2009 following a Dorset-wide breeding absence of almost half a century. The early weeks of 2012 have seen a steady stream of harrier activity...
  • Blog Post: Is it a otter? Is it a Bearded tit? No! It's a man on a big machine!

    Recent visitors to either Lodmoor or Radipole may have been wowed with some wonderful wildlife in the past few weeks. There was a spectacular purple heron at Radipole a few weeks ago, looking a bit wacky and alternative. These relatives of the grey heron are ever so slowly moving up into the UK and have...
  • Blog Post: Pinging back from the brink.

    The past couple of years has seen breeding bearded tit numbers fall quite markedly on Radipole in particular. Last year we could only confirm one pair for certain on the reserve although Lodmoor fared slightly better. The reasons for these declines are likely to be meteorological with the atypically...
  • Blog Post: They're behind you...!

    As you may know we have been attempting over recent months to film otters at Radipole. In practise this has meant identifying sites that they frequent (as indicated by recent footprints and a liberal scattering of fragrant otter poo nearby) and then installing a camera trap in the hope that our quarry...