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  • Blog Post: Icy blasts and wintery weather!

    8th January. Rained most of the day but still cold.. There had been snow showers overnight on high ground: looking across the Solway, the Scottish hills were snow-capped. There was a flurry of garden birds eager to top up from the feeders. An interesting article appeared in Birdguides: British...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch - 30th & 31st January 2016

    Dave Blackledge: "Don't forget that this weekend it's the Big Garden Birdwatch - the world's largest wildlife survey. To take part and report your own garden sightings, pick up a leaflet from the Solway Wetlands Centre at North Plain, or visit www.rspb.org.uk "
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at Radipole Lake

    It was very wet and grey at Radipole Lake this morning, very few birds about. As you can see from the photos I took this morning, the water levels are high. Some areas are flooded, wellies are essential if you are visiting the North Hide or heading over to Lodmoor. As I write this the skies are now blue...
  • Blog Post: What delights doth the New Year bring!

    New Year's Day Although a cold and quite dull day, the Reserve was brimming with hardy soles enjoying the great outdoors after the Christmas break. 'Col' reported having seen a female/juv Marsh Harrier from the hide. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS NVH - Marsh Harrier perched in front of the LH...
  • Media: at the back of the visitor centre

    a very helpful robin posing on the shutters of the visitor centre windows
  • Blog Post: Messy bird feeders with the Messy Welly Group, this Wednesday 20th Jan! For Under 5's!

    Messy Welly Club - RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch! Wednesday 20 January 10.30 am - 11.30 am Price: Members £3.50 Non members £4.50 Under 12 months free Booking essential Time for messy outdoor play! This session is all about getting outside into nature and exploring the things we...
  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake Reserve Update

    It's a beautiful sunny day down here at Radipole Lake. As you might expect after the recent rain, the water levels are higher than normal and the reserve is accessible but muddy in places. The North Hide is open but wellies and caution are required as the boardwalk is flooded or slippery in places...
  • Blog Post: Why Are We Cutting Scrub and Burning Reeds at Radipole Lake?

    Why Are We Cutting Scrub at Radipole Lake? As you wander around the reserve you will notice that some parts have recently been cleared as illustrated in the photos below. Over the next three years our reserve team staff & volunteers will be cutting back a large amount...
  • Blog Post: Unsettled end to December.

    23rd December. Stormy conditions with a very strong SW wind blowing all night. The wind had not abated by the morning and continued most of the day - interspersed with hail showers. Certainly a lot colder! At 9 am small groups of Barnacles started to trickle by, flooded off their roosts further...
  • Blog Post: January Events at Radipole Lake

    Happy New Year to you all from the RSPB staff and volunteers at Radipole Lake! The North Hide and boardwalk is unfortunately closed at the moment due to the high water levels. The majority of the reserve is still accessible. On a positive note the Alexanders is starting to flower in the car park and...
  • Blog Post: Mild Mid-December Diary.

    14th December A mild pleasant day, if not a little dull. Aerial flights of waders - mostly Dunlin, dominated the stretch of marsh from the Viaduct to Scargavel Point - with plenty of activity on bird feeders in the area. A peaceful scene at high tide as Shovelers came sailing by. Aerial...
  • Blog Post: Dave's Birdy Bit - 18th December 2015

    Each winter a scattering of bullfinches patrol the hedgerows along the lonning at North Plain Farm. They’re quite easy to recognise even from a distance as they flit ahead of you in the hawthorns, their bright white rumps flashing as they go, before diving back into the hedge further along. A closer...
  • Blog Post: A trip round the 'Island' - 18th December.

    . . . or as it is better known - the Cardurnoch Peninsula. Yes! - we do occasionally get cut off when 'Spring' tides coincide with storm force winds. However, on this occasion, that was not the case as we were just entering a low water series. I digress! - we were going to the Post Office...
  • Blog Post: Free Bird-watching for Beginners Courses 2016

    The start of a new year is a great time to start a new hobby like bird-watching. The RSPB are running three Bird-watching for Beginners Courses in early 2016 which are aimed specifically at complete novices. Learn how to identify a range of common birds with friendly experts at a relaxed pace. Course...
  • Blog Post: Father Christmas is coming to Radipole Lake!

    Saturday 12 th December 1:00 to 3:00 pm The staff at Radipole Lake are delighted to announce that a very special guest will be spending the afternoon with us here at Radipole Lake - Father Christmas himself! Whilst his eight reindeer rest-up for the biggest night of their year, he called the Weymouth...
  • Blog Post: Binocular Roadshow at Radipole Lake

    Binocular and Telescope Day Saturday 12th December from 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. Come along and browse our extensive range of optics, with experts on hand to advise. Try before you buy, brands to suit all budgets! 10% off all RSPB products! Telephone: 01305 778313 or e-mail: Weymouth.reserves@rspb...
  • Blog Post: Fancy some new binoculars for Christmas?

    We're excited to say our brand new HD range of binoculars is now available in our shop! If you're looking to upgrade, or treat someone this Christmas, then they could be just the thing. For the techies among you, they have very high quality components, including Bak4 (Schott), high reflector...
  • Blog Post: Good weather for ‘Duckboards’ - 19th November.

    From early in the morning the sound of loud hammering drifted across the meadows from the direction of the Reserve workshop. Not able ourselves to investigate at the time, we later found out the reason. Presumably the recent bout of wet weather had highlighted the need for duckboards along wetter...
  • Blog Post: Dave's Birdy Bit - 18th November

    The Birdy Bit This week it was time to clean out the nest-boxes erected around North Plain Farm. The boxes are there to help the local tree sparrow population, which now numbers up to 40 pairs on the reserve. The tree sparrow population has declined nationally by an almost unbelievable 96% over 30...
  • Blog Post: High tides and all that!

    High tides east of the Viaduct, Campfield Marsh There has been a certain amount of excitement in air here at Campfield over the last few days. The highest tides of the month have added an extra dimension to our birdwatching. Today’s high water of 9.8m at 12.41pm with a strong south-westerly...
  • Blog Post: Enjoy The New View at Radipole Lake

    Radipole Lake's patio has been closed to visitors for the past few weeks as it underwent a complete refurbishment and transformation. The above photos show the patio in September before the refurbishment started. The photos below show the work which took place to transform...
  • Blog Post: Splendid sightings of mid-October - diary.

    Barnacles flying west past Campfield Marsh. 13th October. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS D B - Rogersceugh arable field, 30 Tree Sparrows and 35 Reed Buntings. David J - Meadow in front of the hide - male Hen Harrier. 15th October. A calm colder day with some sunshine. Today's highwater...
  • Blog Post: BBC's Countryfile Visits Radipole Lake

    On Thursday 29th October we had some visitors to Radipole Lake and they brought some cameras with them... Photo: Ellie Harrison with the film crew and volunteers at the Sand Martin Wall The day went really well, the film crew got good footage of kingfisher, marsh harrier and otter signs and...
  • Blog Post: Decorate your own Christmas Cake at Radipole Lake!

    We are pleased to welcome back expert local baker and cake decorator Marion Bakes to host a unique and intimate cake decorating class. A real one off! Book now for your chance to decorate and take home your own Christmas Cake this year. Tuesday 8th December from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. £10...
  • Blog Post: Binocular Roadshows at Radipole Lake

    Binocular and Telescope Days Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December from 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday 12th December from 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. Come along and browse our extensive range of optics, with experts on hand to advise. Try before you buy, brands to suit all budgets! 10% off all RSPB...