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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: Recent Sightings - Week Ending 16th September 2016.

  • 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: Fun with diggers

    The 13 tonne digger didn't sink, and the excavation work went as planned. This was the start of the day, with the machine starting to scrape back the water body towards the Phil Stead Hide. In this photograph, you can see the expertise of the digger driver as he scrapes the spoil back...
  • 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: Meet the Assistant Warden!

    Luke is probably a familiar sight to many regular visitors to the reserve, even if you don't know his name. Just last week a visitor asked me what the name was of the chap with curly hair who always wore a bandanna! I decided it would be a good idea (much to the dismay of the wardens!) for us to...
  • Blog Post: Moth night success

    Last Friday saw our moth trapping event at Fen Drayton Lakes. When I arrived at the office at 3pm to grey skies and rain, I was very concerned that the night would be a total washout! Luckily for us, the skies cleared and we had a pretty successful night. After a slow start we managed to trap 21 moths...
  • 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: The End of Season Oysterbeds Report 2016

    So, the sun finally decided to show itself just as the Langstone Harbour breeding seabird season 2016 draws to an end. There have been ups and downs, and plenty of new arrivals along the way. Here is a run down of how the Hayling Season has shaped up this year: Black-headed gulls If one...
  • 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: Discover the wild wonders of an old oyster farm...

    Today it is time for the end product of a lot of hard work and patience to be shifted out of our little Langstone Harbour office, and out onto the Oysterbeds reserve where it should be. On the office floor ready to roll. I am pleased to say that the Oysterbeds Discovery Trail has now been...
  • Blog Post: Brexit - what does the future hold for farming?

    Posted on behalf of Senior Policy Officer Tom Lancaster We’re often told by politicians at Westminster that ‘Brexit means Brexit’; but what does Brexit actually mean, and what does it mean for farming, land use and nature? Cattle grazing in cirl bunting habitat (RSPB-images...
  • 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: M4 Motorway Diversion Campaign: a notice to campaigners

    Guest blog by Laura Cropper, RSPB Cymru Senedd Advocacy Manager If you took part in our M4 campaign action back in May you may have received a number of letters/ emails from the Welsh Government or the consultants who are tasked with communication around the public inquiry. You do not have to do anything...
  • Blog Post: Butterfly Bonanza - 6th August 2016

    This innocuous patch of Creeping Thistle, at the top of the saltmarsh, held a big surprise! The day was warm with intermittent sunshine but a strong SW wind was blowing. This patch of thistles, however, was sheltered from the wind by Scargavel Point. Every time the sun came out so did the butterflies...
  • 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: A round up of our summer show season for 2016

    August heralds the winding down of show season for us, and this year has been as busy as ever for the agriculture team. We’ve been all over the UK to talk about nature-friendly farming, and it’s a great way for us to catch up with friends in the farming world, hear about issues and successes...
  • Blog Post: There's movement in the air - end of July 2016.

    Most recent poster in the Solway Wetlands Centre.
  • Blog Post: Fish surveys, fledglings and photography opportunities

    So the end of our Black-headed gulls time at the Oysterbeds is now drawing to a close, with once downy, fluffy chicks now grown into fully fledged and flying adults. This fluffball-to-fledgling process takes a mere 35 days – just think of all the additional time humans would have if it were that...