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  • 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: 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: The ever expanding Ibises.

    There has been much avian interest to savour of late on the Weymouth reserves with most attention understandably directed towards our unusual and exotic glossy ibis, which has now – we can gladly report - been joined by a second individual. Luke caught up with the dazzling duo in one of the recently...
  • Blog Post: October Bird Update

    The first two weeks of October has been exciting for birds. We start with the record breaking news from Arne. They hosted the largest EVER flock of Spoonbills to occur in the UK. At its peak on Thursday 8th October, 60 spoonbills were counted. Back here in Weymouth we currently have 3 Spoonbills on...
  • 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: Today's Wild Flower Sightings

    It 's a sunny day here in Radipole and spring has definitely arrived.The reed beds are now alive with the chirping of the cetties and sedge warblers while pochard, gadwall and shelducks are paddling about in front of the Discovery Centre. Today we had two welcome visitors, a redshank on the island...
  • Blog Post: Couldn't have gone any better!

    At the start of yesterdays ‘Discover Radipole Lake’ walk, I perhaps rather foolishly asked everyone if there was something in particular anyone really wanted to see. Names such as Bearded Tit, Bittern, Kingfisher were all mentioned and I thought to myself, "Oh no... have I accidentally...
  • Blog Post: The Big Push

    Strolling along, minding my own business... I spotted something familiar among the Fleabane and grasses beside the Radipole hide trail last week. It was (and still is) a Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi), an unmistakeable species with an abdomen banded with vivid black and yellow stripes, which inspired...
  • Blog Post: School Children decorate nature‚Äôs home

    School children from Weymouth and Dorchester have been working hard over the past months to give local RSPB Radipole Lake reserve an artistic facelift. If you head down to Radipole Lake today, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. The RSPB has been working with nine local schools this year to decorate...
  • Blog Post: Your tern to Step Up for Nature

    Chesil Beach hosts the only breeding colony of the Little Tern in the south-west. This beautiful bird is indeed little - about half the size of a common tern - and considerably less common. They migrate to Britain annualy after wintering off the western coast of Africa. The last two years have seen the...
  • Blog Post: A Day of Firsts...

    Today was a day of honest, energy-sapping endeavour spent 'putting the Buddleia verges to bed' with brush cutters and elbow greace; but as so often Radipole offered up her finest as more than ample reward. Damon, (our erstwhile Estate Worker then Arne's Estate worker, now Dorset's Estate...
  • Blog Post: Moovers and shakers.

    We have recently received a couple of enquiries about the why's and wherefores of cattle on the reserves as it can appear incongruous to have hulking great bovines trampling and munching their way through our precious reserves. The cows on Radipole and Lodmoor through spring, summer and autumn...
  • Blog Post: Designated management pays dividends.

    Mention has been made on these pages of the efforts made in recent times to improve the reserves value to amphibians and reptiles. Back in the spring a number of the recently dug ‘amphibian pools’ had frog spawn in them for the first time. Although some late frosts didn't help the frogs...
  • Blog Post: Eight crested grebes.

    A certain sign that spring is in the offing is the return of great crested grebes to the lake, having spent the deepest winter as coast dwellers. A quick stroll around Buddleia in this evening's dying light revealed no fewer than eight individuals - each bedecked in their striking summer finery....
  • Blog Post: A Caspian Beauty and Glorious Mud.

    After reed flowers (when the seed heads turn purple) we are able to begin lowering Radipole's water levels by gradually removing sluice boards at Westham Bridge – thus explaining the recent unveiling of mudflats outside the Visitor Centre. Through spring and summer we raise water which helps...
  • Blog Post: Roe deer, roe deer.

    Roe deer are a fairly common sight on Radipole and Luke was fortunate enough to capture these images on of this beautiful doe on Radipole last week. Of the six deer species found in the British Isles, only roe and the mightily antlered red are native. Fallow, muntjac, Chinese water deer and sika have...
  • Media: Marsh Harrier Merge

    Male marsh harrier perched on a fenceline opposite the North Hide at RSPB Radipole. 24/03/11. He remained in position for several minutes - no doubt enjoying the glorious weather, and contemplating the vast array of creatures on the menu.
  • Media: Marsh Harrier Trophy

    Marsh harrier with prey. RSPB Radipole, Weymouth, UK. 14:46, 15/07/11. A water vole?
  • Media: Bearded Tit?

    Is this is a juvenile bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus)? Face looks right but no moustache! RSPB Radipole, Weymouth. UK. It had begun to rain and a pair of these birds were tumbling acrobatically through the reeds as I headed home.
  • Media: Marsh Harrier Patrol

    Male marsh harrier over the reedbeds at RSPB Radipole. 24/03/11.
  • Media: Radipole Bittern

    Bittern flying in to roost at dusk. 28/01/11.
  • Media: Kingfisher Couple

    Kingfisher pair at RSPB Radipole. Dorset, UK. When not busy excavating their new home they were content to sun themselves. 24/03/11.
  • Media: Marsh Harrier Hover

    Marsh harrier. RSPB Radipole, Weymouth, UK. 15/07/11. The last clear light before the rain descended.
  • Media: Snipe

    Taken at North hide.