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  • Blog Post: August is now upon us.

    1st August. Had rained overnight but the cloud cleared enough to photograph the 'Blue' moon at 3am. Strictly a 'blue' moon is the 2nd of two full moons occurring in one calendar month - which this one was when it rose earlier. At 1.16pm we watched a Southern Hawker fly about briefly...
  • Blog Post: Changing times

    16th July. After a dull start to the day, the afternoon brightened up with a slight SE wind. It became quite hot and John recorded a Speckled Wood flying over the field drain in our garden. He later saw two more flying between the garden and the saltmarsh. Speckled Wood on grasses over a field...
  • Blog Post: Mammals and insects come into their own in mid July.

    8th July . Sunshine and showers most of the day but substantially cooler due to the NNW wind. The Tawny Owl put in a short appearance in the hamlet early afternoon. 6 Goldfinches; lots of Chaffinches and Tree Sparrows; 2 Male Bullfinches and a juvenile were on the feeders. At 4.30pm, a group...
  • Blog Post: Butterfly Days of Summer - 1st week in July.

    1st July. Hot weather, although thundery, made a good start for the month in that it brought out the butterflies in the sunshine: Red Admirals, Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Skippers and Peacocks could all be seen. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. S.P x 2 - Pair of Sedge Warblers, Stonechat, Buzzard...
  • 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: A planned day out on the Great Moss – 21st July, 2015

    Panorama of Lily Pond - our goal for the day. I don’t know why but we both woke up in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind and decided a good walk was a prime requirement - so why not kill two birds with one stone and make the walk an attempt to traverse the Red Route, recently designated as...
  • Blog Post: End of June - this was more like summer!

    27th June. Bright and sunny - very warm with a brisk southerly wind. 11.20 am. 102 Common Gulls (22 juveniles amongst them) and 6 Shelduck out on the mudflats. 11.45 - 2.45pm. Had a walk round the Blue Route calling in at the hide for a while. Saw a Whitethroat along the hedge near Bushcraft...
  • Blog Post: A couple of days in late June.

    24th June. After a dull start the day gradually brightened up with a light SW wind. LOGGBOOK sightings. 4 Visitors - Heard a Grasshopper Warbler, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallows, Cabbage Whites, Oystercatcher, Two Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Blog Post: Mid-June Summary.

    10th June. A hot sunny day brought forth a range of creatures for us to view. Catching up on sleep perhaps? Mallard and Shelduck enjoying the channel off Scargavel Point, on a hot sunny day. Young Great Spotted Woodpecker. House Sparrow on gorse. Large Red Damselfly. Sheep...
  • 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: It's not just about birds - this is a furry animal blog . . . dated 9th July.

    This last few weeks we seem to have had a proliferation of furry animals here at Campfield. Norman Holton - in passing our garden, beheld a weasel coming out of our gate and crossing the road onto the marsh. We have lived here for well over a quarter of a century and have only seen one weasel in...
  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • 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: Campfield Workparty Summer BBQ - 25th June

    Although a dullish morning to start off with, the workparty soon got down to a number of tasks before the event: hedge trimming, planting round the muddy margins of the pond and ragwort pulling. In the meantime, Dave and Stephen were getting the barbeque fired up in the Discovery field. Soon the smell...
  • Blog Post: A mid-summer walk, 23rd June

    It had dawned a bright sunny day – perfect for a walk around the Red Route. So starting out through the Discovery field which Stephen had recently mown a wide track through. We were amazed at the number of different flowers now coming up in the Wildflower Meadow. Bumblebees and butterflies were...
  • 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: Campfield Bioblitz - 29 to 30th May 2015. A personal perspective.

    As part of the 24 hour BioBlitz which started at 7pm on Friday night, I arrived at the Wetlands Centre to collect a recording form and get the lie of the land. Norman was manning the Bioblittz Hub at the Centre, already set out with a bank of microscopes, computers and heaving with identification books...
  • Blog Post: Sightings towards the end of May.

    17th May Strong north-westerly wind blowing. High tide about midday running at 9.5 m LOGBOOK ENTRIES Whimbrel, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Heron, Willow Warbler, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Canada Goose. 18th May Much warmer today although the NW wind was brisk with sunshine and some hail...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st March – 31st May 2015

    There have been many ‘highlights’ as there always are this time of year with spring migrants such as swallow and willow warbler arriving at the reserve at the beginning April, followed by grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler and whitethroat all arriving a couple of weeks after. Now another...
  • Blog Post: Spotted Flycatcher sighting - 5th June 2015

    Was wandering about our damson orchard, adjacent to Campfield Marsh Reserve, this evening - trying to track down the source of a squeaky, scratchy call with intermittent clicking notes. As young birds are now fledging had thought that perhaps it was one calling for food. However, eventually the call...
  • 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: Mid May - waders, swallows and damsels . . . amongst others.

    10th MAY At 7.50am on a dull damp morning a group of some 25 Swallows could be seen hawking in front of the hamlet and under the tree at the top of the saltmarsh. Presumably there had been a hatch of insect there and they were taking advantage of the bonus. Link to YouTube video - Swallows Hawking...
  • 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...