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  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake Ducklings Toddler Group

    Ducklings Toddler Group Dates: Friday 13th May, Friday 10th June, Friday 8th July Time : 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost : £5 per child: includes organised session, juice drink and a hot drink for parents/guardians Radipole Lake presents a new nature themed toddler group for the under...
  • Blog Post: A few more items from the month: 20 - 31 March 2016

    20th March. A sunny dawn and very still. Clouds had a westerly drift to them. Teal landing and looking resplendent in the sunshine. Pair of Greylag on hide Pool. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS COL - 40-50 Golden Plover, 5 Little Egret, 2 Greylags, small flock of Linnets, 2 Bullfinch, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Avocet still with the Oystercatcher flock - 25th April 2016

    View of Oystercatcher flock from Campfield Marsh as the tide was starting to make. After not having seen the Avocet for over a fortnight, it suddenly popped up again this afternoon. It had been a morning of sunshine and showers - some of them with hail. A cold strong NW wind was blowing and...
  • Blog Post: Brilliant Bird Snaperoos!

    Like last Friday, it is a dull wet day at Radipole Lake. From the Discovery Centre though, many Swallows and House Martins are darting across the lake. Two Little Egrets landed at the far end of the reed bed, a Water Rail was pottering among the reeds near the Coot which was sitting on her nest in front...
  • Blog Post: Sounds of Spring

    Get up early to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring! Led by an RSPB Guide, you'll find out about the creatures that live and breed on this unique urban reserve. Sunday 1st May 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. RSPB Members £6, Non-Members £8, Children £2 Meet at RSPB Radipole...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Recent sightings, Week ending 15th April 2016

  • Blog Post: A Spring day on the Reserve - 16th April 2016

    One minute Spring sunshine . . . . . . and the next rain and hail showers. Nevertheless birds were about in plenty attending to their seasonal tasks. A walk along the marsh front and the onto the farm was pure joy. The hedgerows were full of birdsong. Some birds were still attracting mates...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Pin Badge display at the Solway Wetlands Centre, Campfield.

    Image - Marjorie Hutchin. Marjorie and Neil Hutchin ( West Cumbria RSPB Local Group ) run the local area RSPB Pin Badge Scheme which raises substantial funds from donations, for the RSPB (charity). You can see from the above, that the badges include birds you might see on this Reserve - as well...
  • Blog Post: Moth season is here!

    Exciting times here at Arne as finally, after the clear and crisp nights of the winter months, humidity and clouds have returned once again to our night skies. This means one thing and one thing only... Moths! The traps have been dusted off, bulbs replaced where needed, and dodgy electrics ignored by...
  • Blog Post: If it's broken, fix it!

    Image: Shepherding black-faced sheep at Kinnabus (rspb-images.com) That is just what the Scottish Food Coalition would like to see for our current food system. This coalition is supported by organisations from across the environmental, health, social justice and farming sectors including the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Black-tailed Godwit flock on the farm

    For the last three days, a flock of Black-tailed Godwit have been utilising the wetlands in front of the hide. Yesterday's numbers had increased to 33. They look spectacular in their Summer plumage and it is good to see them using these meadows which, over the last few years, have been carefully...
  • Blog Post: Poster - Springtime activities 2016

  • Blog Post: More March pictorial activity.

    11th March. After a frosty night a milder misty day ensued. New gatepost to Discovery Field by kind permission of SWLPS - part of this year's installation in the locality. A new addition to the Picnic area. Frogspawn in the Discovery Pool. Swalesdales from Hawswater RSPB Reserve...
  • Blog Post: Avocet and Oystercatchers at high tide.

    10th March 2016 . As an Avocet is a rare visitor to the Reserve (only the third time recorded here) and the high tide at noon would be bringing the Oystercatcher group it was associating with closer to shore - I decided to go looking for it. It was being seen regularly along the tide line from...
  • Blog Post: A cold start to March 2016.

    A double rainbow - it looks like Spring! Start of the Meteorlogical Spring. We certainly experienced milder conditions and spring-like sounds from the birds along the hedgerows. 2nd March. Back to square one today with Storm Jake bringing icy blasts of gale force NW winds. However some sunshine...
  • Blog Post: Witnessing biomass impacts in the southeastern USA first hand

    The dogwood trees are in bloom at this time of year in North Carolina. Tiny white flowers single them out from the other foliage that lines the interstates. And turkey vultures are ubiquitous, circling above them in flocks of three or four, tilting as they glide on the hot air. With other European...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings on the Weymouth Wetlands

    It was a lovely sunshine as I walked around the reserve. I met with this morning's Welly Walk en route with several children enjoying looking at Radipole's wildlife. On this morning's walk there is more Cow Parsley and Lesser Celandine coming into flower and there are now patches of Red...
  • Blog Post: Easter Sunday afternoon walk.

    Rainbow across the estuary after sudden squall. A bright sunny day interspersed with sudden squalls. Even though a strong SW wind was blowing, the Lonning afforded plenty of shelter with its high hedges - in fact it is quite a suntrap on such a day. There were only a handful of Oystercatchers on...
  • Blog Post: Waders galore - late February 2016!

    What a sight - as the mudflats uncover to reveal their bounty! 20th February. After a wet start, as the high tide receded, the mudflats became populated with in the region of 2-3000 Dunlin, some Grey Plover, about 400 Oystercatchers. The Avocet could still be seen way out on the estuary, too...
  • Blog Post: A year in the life of the corn buntings on Lower Pertwood Farm: Part 2 - Autumn and Winter

    Yesterday we took a virtual wander though spring and summer on Lower Pertwood Farm , and the challenges and opportunities faced by the important population of corn buntings on the farm. You can read it here if you missed it. Today, we head through autumn and into winter to find out how the farm management...
  • Blog Post: Poster: Bumblebees on Willow catkins etc., 20th March 2016

  • Blog Post: Mid-February 2016 archive,

    12th February Today's hightide at 2.41pm produced the most splendid display of Dunlin, surging and wheeling back and forth across the marsh front - eventually dropping in to feed on the flooded saltmarsh. There must have been in the region of several thousand! The long -staying Avocet could also...
  • Blog Post: Easter Events at Radipole Lake

    It's a grey day at Radipole but spring is on its way. I found this Cow Parsley this morning in bloom, normally their flowering time is May but the leaves are up in December. I also saw the early signs of Lords and Ladies, Comfrey, Willow and Blackthorn coming into flower as well as the reserve's...
  • Blog Post: Dave's Birdy Bit - 16th March 2016

    The Birdy Bit Alongside seeing the first swallow, hearing the buzz of the first passing bumblebee is heart-warming sign of the onset of warmer days. First Bumblebee to be seen - queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee ( Bombus terrestris) Bumblebees are mostly bigger, rounder and more colourful...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at Radipole Lake

    It was warm and sunny this morning at Radipole Lake and spring is starting to emerge all over the reserve. Flowers - Alexanders is in flower outside the Discovery Centre, Lesser Celandine, Primroses, Garden Bluebell, Violets are in bloom around the reserve. Blackthorn is coming into flower and one...