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  • 29 April 2016

    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

    Tufted Ducks

    Radipole Lake presents a new nature themed toddler group for the under 4s who like to get outside!  Each session will have a wildlife theme and involve an activity outside, a craft activity or game and a themed story as well as time for little ones and parents to have a drink and snack (drinks included in the £5 charge).

    The theme for Friday 13th May is ducklings!

    Booking isn't essential but to get an idea of numbers let us know if you are interested.

    For more information, contact the Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us: 

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    Posted by Angelica

  • 22 April 2016

    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 of the Discovery Centre window, and a lone Bearded Tit offered spectacular views as it was feeding.  An Oystercatcher and Black Tailed Godwits had been seen earlier in the morning before the rain set in.  A local resident and supporter of the RSPB reported this morning that she had seen an Otter by the concrete bridge at 7:00 pm on Monday evening.

    Last Sunday we welcomed the Poole and Bournemouth Nature and Wildlife Group (PBNWG) on their first visit to Radipole Lake. Lynne Burningham, RSPB Information and Membership Officer, kindly agreed to act as Guide for the morning. It was a brilliant day of sunshine and blue skies and the reed-beds were alive with the sound of Cetti's Warblers.  During the walk, several Cetti's were actually seen and member, John Bryan, managed to get a snap along with a Bearded Tit.

     Cetti's WarblerBearded Tit

    Photo Credits: John Bryan - PBNWG

    A lone Common Sandpiper was seen along with many good views of Reed Buntings, Black Caps, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Chiff Chaffs many of them singing loudly. A Little Egret, Little Grebe and a single Wheatear was seen from the North Hide.



    Photo Credits: John Bryan 

    Other birds seen around the reserve were Goldfinches and a Robin. The Cuckoo Flower is now starting to bloom and there are several large patches of Marsh Marigold making a welcome splash of colour in the hedgerows.

    Marsh Harrier

    Marsh Harrier

    Photo Credits: John Taylor - PBNWG 

    One of the highlights of the day was spectacular views of the Marsh Harrier soaring over the reedbeds, superb photos captured by member John Taylor.

    Hooded MerganserGreat Crested Grebe

    Photo Credits: John Bryan and John Taylor - PBNWG

    The Hooded Merganser was doing his display among the Tufted Ducks and Great Crested Grebes were also present.

    Herring Gull in Flight

    Photo Credit: Richard C - PBNWG

    Another member, Richard C, captured this Herring Gull in flight. After an amazing morning walk, the group retired to the Discovery Centre for some well-earned refreshments. All agreed, that for an urban reserve Radipole Lake has a lot of wonderful things to offer!

    Thank you Lynne for a fabulous guided walk and for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge!  

    For recent sightings and further more information, contact the Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available,

    Telephone: 01305 778313



    Posted by Angelica

  • 22 April 2016

    Sounds of Spring

    Radipole Lake Reedbeds

    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 Lake Discovery Centre


    For more information and to book your place (s), contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us.

    Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available.

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    Posted by Angelica

  • 1 April 2016

    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 Dead-Nettle and Ground Ivy. Along the board walk up to the North Hide the Greater Pond Sedge is starting to flower.Greater Pond Sedge

    Butterfly sightings are now becoming more frequent with Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell,Small White, Speckled Wood and Peacock being reported in the past week. 

    New bird arrivals include the swallow, the house and sand martins. Willow Warblers and the first Wheatear has been seen. The Cetti's Warblers and Bearded Tits were very vocal in the reedbeds this morning. I was fortunate enough to see a Bearded Tit flying out of the reeds. The Bittern has not been reported booming since Good Friday.

    The Marsh Harriers have been seen daily. The male and female were both seen at the North Hide this morning and 6 Harriers have been seen over the past week. Buzzards, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine have also been reported.

    Notable sightings over at Lodmoor include a Siberian Chiff Chaff and a Slavonian Grebe which stayed for several days.

    Over the past two weeks a weasel has been seen regularly on Radipole Lake. RSPB volunteer, Bob Ford, managed to capture the weasel in a photo. Thank you Bob.


    (Photo Credit: Bob Ford)

    For more information on any of the above, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available.

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    Posted by Angelica

  • 18 March 2016

    Easter Events at Radipole Lake

    Cow ParsleyIt'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 Bay Trees confirming that spring is on the move. Birds today include Pochard, Gadwall and Shoveler while the Spoonbills are still at Lodmoor

    Easter is nearly upon us! The staff at the Discovery Centre have organised some Easter Fun over the holidays. As you can see I found the Centre's Easter Egg stash ready for the Easter Egg Trail.

    Easter Eggs

    Easter Egg Nature Trail

    Friday March 25th to Monday 28th March

    10:00 to 16:00 p.m. each day.

    Join us over the Easter Weekend to follow the clues to our nature trail. Find hidden signs around the reserve and complete the challenge to receive an Easter Egg! 

    Pick up the trails from the Discovery Centre.

    £1 per child


    Easter Welly Walks

    Wednesday 30th March, Friday 1st April & Tuesday 5th April

    11:00 -12:00 at Radipole Lake

    Join us for a FREE family friendly wildlife walk. Wear wellies for jumping in puddles & buy some duck food to feed the birds.


    For more information on any of the above, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available.

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    Posted by Angelica

  • 11 March 2016

    Recent Sightings at Radipole Lake

    Alexanders by the Discovery Centre

    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 Hawthorn on Radipole is in full leaf with flower buds which are starting to open in the warm sunshine.  Alder catkins are now in flower. 

    Spoonbills at Lodmoor

    Birds - water levels have remained steady on Radipole and the damaged sluice gate at Lodmoor has been temporarily repaired leading to more normal but still high levels.

    There have been fewer wader sightings than usual, although several Spoonbills have made a long stay on Lodmoor and the Oystercatchers appear to be settling in.  At the beginning of March a Bittern was observed making a "departure flight" at dusk, calling and circling to a height before heading away.  They  sometimes do this several times before finally departing.

    (Photo Credit: Spoonbills at Lodmoor by Stephanie Calvert)

    Marsh Harrier

    Marsh Harriers continue to be seen on both reserves on most days.  A pair of stonechats were seen at Radipole today.  Bearded Tit sightings have been in short supply.  The alders near the semi-circular boardwalk have been the regular place to see Siskins often with an attendant Redpoll. Some species have started their breeding displays including the Great Crested Grebes on Radipole. Early migrant sightings include Willow Warbler, Swallow and Sand Martin.  

    (Photo Credit: Marsh Harrier at Radipole Lake by Allan Nielsen).

    Small Tortoiseshell
    - butterfly sightings include Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Large Cabbage White. A buff tailed bumble bee was seen this morning.

    Mammals - otter traces have continued to be seen around Radipole and a possible sighting was reported from Lodmoor at the beginning of March.

    Frog SpawnReptiles and Amphibians - frog spawn has been reported from Radipole.

    For more information on any of the above, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available.

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    Posted by Angelica

  • 4 March 2016

    Ladies Days at Radipole Lake

    It's a lovely sunny day on the reserve today. Lodmoor currently has 5 Spoonbills and the female Marsh Harrier, a firecrest was reported at Lodmoor Country Park, while Radipole has the male Marsh Harrier, a Mediterranean Gull in the car park and cetti's warblers singing. 

    Mediterranean Gull

    Photo Credit: Stephanie Calvert

    Sunday 6th March is Mother's Day. Free hot drink for all Mums! Judy, Friday DC volunteer, has been arranging bunches of daffodils for the tables in the Discovery Centre ready for Sunday. Spring is definitely on its way!

    Sunday 13th March is Dorset Women's Day. To celebrate our Membership Development Manager, Lynne Burningham, is leading a guided walk around Radipole Lake from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All are welcome - no need to book. Meet at the Discovery Centre. Lynne will also be talking about how the RSPB movement began by a group of women.

    The RSPB was formed to counter the barbarous trade in plumes for women's hats, a fashion responsible for the destruction of many thousands of egrets, birds of paradise and other species whose plumes had become fashionable in the late Victorian era.

    There had already been concern earlier in the century about the wholesale destruction of such native birds as great crested grebes and kittiwakes for their plumage, leading to such early legislation as the Sea Birds Preservation Act of 1869 and the Wild Birds Protection Act of 1880, but the trigger which led to the foundation of the Society for the Protection of Birds in 1889 was the continued wearing of ever more exotic plumes.

    Protesters Against the Plume Trade

    In its earliest days the Society consisted entirely of women who were moved by the emotional appeal of the plight of young birds left to starve in the nest after their parents had been shot for their plumes. The rules of the Society were simple:

    • That Members shall discourage the wanton destruction of Birds, and interest themselves generally in their protection 
    • That Lady-Members shall refrain from wearing the feathers of any bird not killed for purposes of food, the ostrich only excepted.

    Some of the Society's staunchest supporters were the very kind of people who might have been expected to wear the plumes – people such as the Duchess of Portland The Duchess had a strong interest in the welfare of birds and in 1891 became the first, and longest-serving, president of the Society for the Protection of Birds - a position which she held until her death and in which she helped the society obtain its royal charter. She was also active on behalf of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, serving as vice-president and president of the ladies' committee.

    A number of influential figures, including the leading ornithologist of the day, Professor Alfred Newton lent their support to the cause, which gained widespread publicity and popularity, leading to a rapid growth in the Society's membership and a widening of its aims.

    Indeed the young Society was so successful that it was granted its Royal Charter in 1904, just 15 years after being founded.

    For more information on any of the above, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available,

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    Posted by Angelica

  • 26 February 2016

    Upcoming Events at Radipole Lake

    Daffodils and HyacinthIt was sunny this morning when I went for a walk around the reserve. There are signs of springs coming through. One of the hawthorn trees is coming into leaf, the cow parsley and the paths are leaving up with hemlock water dropwort and cow parsley leaves. I found a single lesser celandine flower, violets peeking through their leaves and some miniature daffodils with a hyacinth.  

    I also saw a welcome sight of a flock of goldfinches feed on last year's teasels. Robins and Dunnocks are about and the Bearded Tits were calling from the reed-beds but frustratingly stayed out of sight.

    Upcoming events at Radipole Lake:

    RSPB Binoculars

    Saturday 27th February - 10:00 to 16:00 pm

    Optics Roadshow, a wide range of telescopes and binoculars on hand and knowledgeable experts will be on hand to guide you through the range. You are welcome to try before you buy!  All RSPB branded equipment is reduced by 10%. 

    RSPB Easter Chick

    Sunday 6th March - Mother's Day

    Free hot drink for all Mums!

    Good Friday to Easter Monday

    Easter Nature Trail - £1.00 per child. Follow the clues on the nature trail and receive a chocolate egg when you finish. All day each day.

    Welly Walks - Free Family Walks


    Bring wellies to splash in the puddles, suitable for kids of all ages:

    Wednesday 30th March - 11:00 to 12:00 pm

    Friday 1st April - 11:00 to 12:00 pm 

    Tuesday 5th April - 11:00 to 12:00 pm


    For more information on any of the above, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available,

    Telephone: 01305 778313



    Posted by Angelica

  • 19 February 2016

    Saturday 20th February is Duck Day At Radipole Lake

    It was lovely morning at Radipole Lake today. The North Hide opened later today at 11:00 a.m., we had to give the boardwalk a few hours to defrost after a chilly night last night. I walked up to the hide to open up and was rewarded with our two Marsh Harriers displaying and a kestrel hovering.


    Preparations are underway at the Discovery Centre for tomorrow's Duck Day where we celebrate our quacking good feathered friends.  Staff were busy this afternoon preparing for the event's activities.  The paddling pool is being tested and pumped up, fishing rods were checked. They also gave our yellow plastic ducks a test dip in the washing up bowl much to the amusement of our visitors. This was all for the Hook-a-Duck activity.  Other activities tomorrow include Duck Quizzes,  Duck Draft Activities and feeding the ducks from the duck platform. Duck identification sheets are also available to assist you in learning about our ducks.

    Duck Day at Radipole Lake - Saturday 20th February 10:00 to 16:00 pm.


    Find out about all the different ducks at Radipole Lake - a fun day for ALL the family! Free event.

    • Play Hook-a-Duck
    • Duck quizzes
    • Duck craft activities
    • Feed the Ducks (Duck food available at £1.00 per bag)

    There is some rain forecast for tomorrow but as they say it's good weather for ducks. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks are available while you are learning all about our ducks.

    Hooded Merganser and Tufted Duck

    Ducks you are likely to see tomorrow are Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Gadwall, Teal, Shelducks. Other birds will include Moorhens, Coots, Mute Swans and Cormorants.

    You may also see our Hooded Merganser among our tufted ducks,  he was about this afternoon. Staff will be more than happy to point him out to you.

    For further information contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available,

    Telephone: 01305 778313

    Posted by Angelica

Your sightings

Grid reference: SY6779 (+2km)

Chiffchaff (Siberian - tristis) ()
5 Apr 2016
Singing/breeding calls heard
Manx Shearwater (130)
28 Apr 2016
Water Rail (1)
28 Apr 2016
Little Ringed Plover (1)
28 Apr 2016
Whimbrel (10)
28 Apr 2016
Bar-tailed Godwit (2)
28 Apr 2016
Common Sandpiper (3)
28 Apr 2016
Cetti's Warbler ()
28 Apr 2016
Great Northern Diver (3)
28 Apr 2016
Cuckoo (1)
28 Apr 2016
No breeding code

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  • Lat/lng: 50.61513,-2.45972
  • Postcode: DT4 7TZ
  • Grid reference: SY675795
  • Nearest town: Weymouth, Dorset
  • County: Dorset
  • Country: England

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