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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 the patio into a terrace.
View from the Pond Dipping Platform overlooking the reedbed.
View of the finished terrace overlooking the lake.
View of the observation area by the Discovery Centre. The metal safety rails are specially designed so that we can enjoy uninterrupted views across the lake.
The new terrace and pond dipping boardwalks.The new terrace is now ready for tables and chairs and for visitors to enjoy the view.
The RSPB is very grateful to the Coastal Community Fund who funded the project. The terrace was built by Flights of Fancy who are based in Norfolk. They also built the platforms on the reserve, the duck feeding platform, the pond dipping platform so Radipole Lake has had a long association with them.
The terrace will be open to the public tomorrow, weather permitting so...
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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 some nice chats with the volunteers on the work party. If you want to know what they were actually doing then you will need to tune in and find out!
RSPB Radipole Lake on Countryfile
Then tune into the BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday 22nd November. Don't miss it!
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 per person
Booking is essential, please contact the Discovery Centre on 01305 778313 or e-mail Weymouth.firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
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 products!
Telephone: 01305 778313 or e-mail: Weymouth.email@example.com
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 Lodmoor, 5 were counted on Monday 12th October. Also on 12th, a ruff was seen, two had been counted the previous week. On the same day a Dartford Warbler was also spotted in gorse.by the tip. On 8th October, 2 crossbills, a lesser redpoll and 43 skylarks were counted. The skylark count went up to 111 the next day. A bittern was seen on 3rd, 8th, 12th and 15th October. Redstarts are now being seen regularly at Lodmoor.
Kingfishers are being seen daily at Radipole in the morning. Between 9:00 to 11:00 is a good time. Mediterranean Gulls have been at Radipole and Lodmoor all autumn. A large count of 180 Pied Wagtails were counted and some were rung this week. On Saturday 10th October, 2 Glossy Ibis were seen over on Lodmoor then at Radipole before flying on down to Devon. An otter was seen on Sunday 4th near the concrete bridge on Radipole. It was seen again in the same place on Sunday 11th October. On 13th October a short eared owl flew over Radipole. A bittern was also seen on the 1st but no further sightings yet this month. A Redpoll was seen on 16th October and Redwings are starting to arrive on both sites.
Butterflies still about include comma, speckled wood and Red Admiral. Common Darter and Southern Hawker dragonflies also seen. Plants still in flower include, Wild Carrot, Wild Angelica, Ribbed Melilot, Michaelmas Daisy, Meadowsweet. The ivy is now coming into flower, a sure sign that winter is approaching.
For recent bird sightings please contact the Weymouth Wetlands Discover Centre on 01305 778313.
Nesting season has now finished and it's a good time to clear the island in front of the Discovery Centre which becomes overgrown during the summer. The main common plants found on the island are Stinging Nettles, Curled Dock, Redshank, Purple Loosestrife, Hemp Agrimony and Mugwort. However one of Radipole's, rarities the Golden Dock (more info on previous blogs) has also made the island one it's homes. So a couple of weeks ago, Danny our intrepid DC staff, waded across to the island to mark out the Golden Dock plants with sticks so that they could be left. I had to abandon my attempt to visit the island due to very leaky waders :(.
Earlier this week Monday's Volunteer Group made the journey across to the island to begin the clearing. A small punt was taken out to the island by two of the volunteers.
The rest of the group slowly made their way over in their waders.
Leader of the group Bob gave us a wave before he disappeared into the reeds to make his way across. Everyone made it without any wet mishaps and gave the DC a wave back from the island.
After clearing half the island, the punt was loaded up and gently made its way back to the DC.
Other clearing which has taken place during the last week is by the patio and pond dipping area. Works are currently underway to extend the size of the current patio. This will enhance the RSPB experience for visitors and get closer to the birds while having a nice cuppa.
For further information contact the Weymouth Wetlands Discovery Centre on 01305 778313.
Autumn is one of the best times to see Bearded Tits at RSPB Radipole Lake. Its when they migrate and when they start to erupt. Intrigued? If you've never seen one, or would like to find out more about these beautiful birds, then join our guided walks with an expert.
Bearded Tit Walk Dates:
Wednesday 30th September - 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Friday 2nd October - 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre, RSPB members £6, non members £8, children half price. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
For further information and to book your place contact the Discovery Centre on 01305 778313.
Did you know that otters breed right here in the middle of Weymouth? Otters have been sighted at Radipole for the past 10 years. There is a resident female that breeds every year.
Join us for the evening as we try to track down some signs of these elusive creatures like footprints and smelly spraint (poo) and perhaps if we're extremely lucky, even catch a glimpse of a real otter! This is also an opportunity to visit the conservation area at the north of the reserve.
Meet at the Discovery Centre. The event runs from 5 pm - 7 pm. Arrive at 4:30 pm if you would like a hot drink before the walk. You can also see a recording from Ottercam.
Otter Evening Dates:
Friday 30th October
Friday 6th November
Friday 13th November
Friday 20th November
Friday 27th November
Friday 4th December
Appropriate dress and wellies are essential as we will be off the beaten track.
Price: £6 RSPB members, £8 non members, half price for children. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. For further information and to book your place either contact the Discovery Centre on 01305 778313 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning I was fortunate enough to see a Kingfisher at the North Hide. This Kingfisher sat for a long time on a branch preening itself giving visitors good views. Kingfishers were also seen throughout the day by visitors at the Discovery Centre.
Today's sightings are very welcome news for the forthcoming Kingfisher Weekend the Discovery Centre are holding in two weeks time. Details below:
Kingfisher Weekend 19th & 20th Sept 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
September is one of the best months to look for Kingfishers at RSPB Radipole Lake. Why not come to this special FREE weekend event. There will be staff positioned around the reserve to help you locate these beautiful birds. There will be a Kingfisher quiz for the kids, and Kingfisher cakes on sale in the Discovery Centre. Just come in to the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on either day, and staff will direct you from there. We can even hire you a pair of Binoculars. Tel 01305 778313 for details.
Grid reference: SY6780 (+2km)
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