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  • Blog Post: Poster of recent Sightings - Week ending 23rd September, 2016

  • Blog Post: The Advancing Year at Radipole Lake

    A beautiful day at Radipole Lake today with sunshine and blue skies. Though many of us are still walking around with our T-shirts and sandals there is a distinctly autumnal feel to the reserve. The days are getting shorter and cooler in the evenings. The autumnal chill in the air is becoming more noticeable...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher Weekend at Radipole Lake

    Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Price: Free Do you want to see Kingfishers in the heart of Weymouth? It's the best time of year to see them so drop into our Discovery Centre over our Kingfisher weekend. We'll have volunteers on hand to direct you...
  • Blog Post: Poster for week ending 9th September 2016.

  • Blog Post: Happy 40th Birthday to Radipole Lake!

    Back in 1976: The UK was basking in a heatwave peaking at 35.9°C (96.6°F), parts of South West England had no rain in July and August for 45 days Team GB competed in the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria winning 1 gold medal (John Curry, ice skater, becomes Britain's first gold...
  • Blog Post: Will it sink ?

    On Monday two special things will happen at Saltholme. Firstly, the track outside these compound gates will be tarmacked which means I won't bounce along to the gates in the morning anymore. And secondly, a 13 tonne excavator will be creating more muddy habitat in front of the Phil Stead Hide. This...
  • Blog Post: More migrants..............

    The Migrant Hawker dragonfly colonised Britain in the 1950’s, about the same time as the Collard Dove. When I was a young man, with youth on my side and a disposable income, I used to travel to see dragonflies and I when I wanted to see a Migrant Hawker, I had to go to Skipwith Common just south...
  • Blog Post: A walk in the blazing heat of a Campfield summer's day - 27th August 2016

    On such a glorious day how could one not take advantage of the sunshine and see what was alive on the Reserve. A recent poster needed to be installed in the Wetlands Centre foyer and I knew my volunteer friends would be there welcoming all, so with a quick scan along the estuary to survey the ebb...
  • Blog Post: A mixed week ending 12th August, 2016.

  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake's Furry Critters

    We have been lucky enough to see sightings of some of our more elusive shy furry creatures on both our reserves and we have photographic evidence thanks to some of our visitors. Photo Credit: Fox Images by Nicki Maslen The Fox has been seen from our Discovery Centre window several times...
  • Blog Post: Even more mouths to feed

    The UK Tree Sparrow population crashed dramatically between the 1970’s and 1990’s. There were 30 times more Tree Sparrows in our countryside in the 1970’s than there are now. Tree Sparrows feed their young on invertebrates of wetland margins, and so here at Saltholme, our mosaic of...
  • Blog Post: The benefits of the anti-predator fence

    Last year we had an electric anti-predator fence installed around 26ha of the central wet grassland, south of Paddy's Hide. This was primarily intended to prevent Foxes taking Lapwing eggs. Last year in this area, 9 pairs of Lapwing only managed to fledge 5 young. Then came the winter rains and the...
  • Blog Post: All of a flutter.

    A walk along the Lonning and back via the Blue Route at the height of Summer is pure joy. The arable fields here are ablaze with colour and a hive of activity as butterflies, bees and insects utilise this rich source of pollen and nectar. These fields have been planted up with crops to provide seed...
  • Blog Post: There's movement in the air - end of July 2016.

    Most recent poster in the Solway Wetlands Centre.
  • Blog Post: Poster - Week ending 22nd July 2016

  • Blog Post: Saltholme Hide the place to be

    Saltholme Hide is the place to be just now as there are over 30 noisy Black-tailed Godwits in front of the hide, along with Ruff, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and our very slowly developing Avocet chick. Black-tailed Godwit by Mark Stokeld And on the way to the hide, make sure you see the first of...
  • Blog Post: Some highlights -12th to 30th June 2016.

    A rural scene across the Buttercup meadows.. As the warm weather continued, although with some rainfall, young birds and butterflies were very much in evidence on the Reserve. Young Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches, Blue; Great and Coal Tits were numerous. Greenfinch (3 juvs), Bullfinch(3 juvs), Robins...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Lily Pool, 16th July 2016

  • Blog Post: Poster: Marsh Fritillary sightings.

  • Blog Post: It's a small world

    Being out and about on the reserve doesn’t mean always having to look for birds. Look down and around and there’s usually something moving about whether it’s crickets, ladybirds, bees, butterflies or bettles. Black and yellow longhorn beetle by Kate Thorpe Lesser stag beetle...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Sightings - Week Ending 9th July 2016.

  • Blog Post: Marsh Harrier Update

    Now is a good time to come to Radipole Lake and Lodmoor to see our resident Marsh Harriers. Both pairs have successfully bred this year with 3 juveniles each so potentially we can see 10 Marsh Harriers on the wing. There were very good views of the Harriers in front of the North Hide lunchtime calling...
  • Blog Post: Time for another family

    As you walk through Haverton Gate listen for the sound of a large grasshopper coming from a patch of scrub in the Wildflower Walk loop. The sound is in fact a Grasshopper Warbler, and it is singing now because the poor bird has decided to go for a second brood. Grasshopper Warbler at Haverton gate...
  • Blog Post: Summer Walks at Radipole Lake

    Radipole Reedbed Ramble Monday 4 July to Monday 12 September 2.30 pm-4.30 pm Price: £3 per person Booking essential Join us for a guided series of walks and activities to help you feel comfortable & confident in the outside environment. We'll be enjoying the natural habitat...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies, Wildflowers and Hay Meadows - 25th June 2016

    Having chatted with the volunteers on duty today at the Wetlands Centre and armed with the latest sightings on the Reserve - the Discovery Field, with its wildflower meadows, seemed to be the most attractive option. Birds generally, had stopped singing and were getting on with rearing their young...