• Dorset Reserves Weekly Roundup - 9th June

    It's been a warm and sunny week at our Dorset reserves!

    This weeks Night Wildlife Walk was treated to the Nightjars flying and churring, as well as Dartford Warblers, and even a Tree Pipit! Next week will be our monthly Weymouth Wildlife Walk at RSPB Radipole Lake! With the birds, dragonflies, and orchids all showing well it's sure to be a good one.

    This week our Warden team were busy with post removals at Holton…

  • Dorset Reserves Weekly Roundup - 1st June

    Our reserves have been bustling with activity this week with lots of events and wonderful sightings.

    Our monthly Reptile Survey Walk was another huge success with 14 Smooth Snakes found, including several very young juveniles. 3 Slow Worms were also found, along with a Dartford Warbler and a Black Darter dragonfly! Our First Night Wildlife Walk of the year was also treated to 4 Nightjars churring and flying very close…

  • Dorset Reserves Weekly Roundup - 26th May

    Our reserves have been bustling this week with both visitors and wildlife, with fishing Osprey, soaring Goshawk, and swooping Hobby stealing the show, and Great White Egrets made their first appearance this year.

    A misty full moon walk this week treated visitors to an atmospheric evening. Next week our reptile survey walks continue, with the session selling out last month, and next months walk halfway there, we're excited…

  • Dorset Reserves Weekly Roundup - 18th May

    The skies this week have been filled with screaming swifts, soaring eagles, fishing osprey, and darting dragonflies as Spring nears its end and we begin to welcome Summer.

    Our events programme continued with our first Intermediate Birdwatching event and an optics demonstration weekend at the RSPB Arne shop.
    Next week RSPB Arne will be hosting our Full Moon walks, with a mixed session and a Women Only session, as well as…

  • Dorset Reserves Weekly Roundup - 12th May

    Our Nightjars have returned!

    This week saw a sudden shift to summery weather across our reserves, bringing out a lot of wildlife for our events, particularly our Dawn Chorus walks, and provided lots of birds to see on our Birdwatching for Beginners walks too. We also had plenty of our Free School Visits, engaging children with the stunning array of wildlife on our reserves. Our first Weymouth Family Day event at RSPB…

  • Dorset Reserves Weekly Roundup - 4th May

    Our reserves have been filled with birdsong this week in Dorset!

    The combined songs of our Warblers have been highlights for our continuing Dawn Chorus walks, and our Wildlife walk at RSPB Lodmoor! Our first Reptile Survey Walk of the year was also a huge success with views of Sand Lizards, Slow Worms, and 8 Smooth Snakes!
    Our Dawn Chorus walks continue into next week, along with Wildlife Walks at RSPB Radipole Lake and…

  • Dorset Reserves Weekly Roundup - 14th April

    It's been a spectacular week at our Dorset reserves!

    The warm weather and flurry of wildlife activity meant there was lots to see and hear at this year's first Dawn Chorus walk at RSPB Arne! These walks will be continuing though April and May across our reserves, along with a bluebell and wildflower walk at RSPB Garston Wood and Intermediate Birdwatching events next week.

    Our shuttle bus returned for the last…

  • Why I Love Dorset's Spoonbills!

    Lesley Gorman, RSPB Dorset Reserves Visitor Operation Manager, shares her love of Dorset's Spoonbills and reveals why they are so special. For me and many of our visitors, Spoonbills are one of our most unusual looking birds. I really look forwar...
  • Binoculars at the RSPB Arne Shop

    Our retail manager SJ introduces us to the range of binoculars available at the RSPB Arne Shop and gives you some things to think about before you come in and give them a try. We hold regular binocular demonstration days here at RSPB Arne in Dorset,...
  • From Volunteer to Career - with Warden Hollymay

    Last week we chatted with the RSPB Dorset Reserves Warden, Hollymay Gladwin. Hollymay has been volunteering and working in conservation since they were just a teenager and has over 10 years of experience in habitat management on the Arne peninsular. ...
  • Searching for Gothic Wildlife at RSPB Arne

    Lesley Gorman, RSPB Dorset Visitor Experience Manager, takes us on a night-time adventure across RSPB Arne's heath, in search of the elusive Nightjar. If I were to tell you that I was heading out for a night-time walk in the hope of encountering a &l...
  • Volunteering in Project Management at RSPB Arne (Terry Smith)

    Today we hear from Terry Smith about his volunteering role at RSPB Arne, which involves project managing large events. Volunteers come from all walks of life and often bring their particular skills into their role. Terry has lived in Dorset most of ...
  • Discover Cuckoos at RSPB Arne

    Lesley Gorman, RSPB Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Arne, tells us about the elusive Cuckoo that can be heard at the reserve, although it's iconic sound is sadly declining across England.

    When Wordsworth wrote: “While I am lying on the grass, Thy twofold shout I hear; From hill to hill it seems to pass, At once far off, and near,” he was describing one of our best-known bird calls, that of the Cucko…

  • "Volunteering at RSPB Arne - One Perspective" with Bob Skinner

    We hear from volunteer Bob Skinner about his experience volunteering at RSPB Arne and why he keeps coming back.  Why do I volunteer? It’s not been a dramatic shift, something to do after retirement, but a continuation of all the things tha...
  • Reptile Surveys at RSPB Arne (Annie Parsons and Liz Rodgers)

    Reptile Surveys at RSPB Arne – A chat with reptile survey volunteers Terry and Nick Above photo: Terry and Nick (Annie Parsons) RSPB Arne is an extremely special place for reptiles, one of just a handful of places in the UK which is home to al...
  • BBC Springwatch at RSPB Arne – FAQs

    Is the reserve open to visitors? We are still welcoming visitors during the filming of BBC Springwatch 29th May-15th June. What are your opening hours? These are our opening hours, 29th May – 15th June: Arne Shop - 9.00am-5.00pm Arne Caf&eacute...
  • My Car Free Day Out to RSPB Arne – Rachel Martin

    This month we join Hyde's Heath Project Officer Rachel Martin on her car free trip to RSPB Arne. As a Project Officer involved in engagement, I always want to make sure my programmes are “fit for purpose”. That means testing and evalu...
  • Inside Arne | March to April 2023

    Another month at Arne, and Spring is moving forward at a rapid pace. The sound of birdsong on the reserve reminds us that warmer times are ahead, especially the distinctive call of the chiffchaffs. The curly green fern shoots are unfurling, and the ...
  • 'A special place in my heart' - Volunteering at RSPB Arne with Special Guest Amy

    This week we hear from former volunteer Amy about her experience volunteering at Arne, and why it is has such a special place in her heart. "I started volunteering at Arne in 2018 to give myself a regular break from the stresses of running my ow...
  • Happy International Women's Day 2023!

    It's International Women's Day... so here is Staff member Laura writing about what International Women's Day means for her.

    Being a women in the nature conservation sector does have its difficulties, and many women* don't feel safe or comfortable to enjoy the countryside alone.  I don't want to touch too much on this today, but have a read of this blog as it highlights many of these difficulties. https…

  • Inside Arne | February to March 2023

    We’ve had a wonderful month at Arne so far. We are all starting to feel the beginnings of spring and the warmer weather on the way. There have been many amazing sightings recently, including regular sightings of white-tailed sea eagles across t...
  • Create a Home for Wildlife

    It’s national nest box week this week (14th to 21st Feb) and the perfect time to think about adding some extra nest sites to your garden, house, garage or shed, ahead of the nesting season. 

    If you know the birds that frequent your outside space, whether you have a flock of sparrows, see blue tits flitting about or regularly spot robins - providing a box for them will massively increase their chances of raising…

  • Big Garden Bird Watch 2023 at RSPB Arne

    We’re all looking forward to the RSPB’s 44th Big Garden Bird Watch this weekend (27-29th January). But what is BGBW, and why is it so important to the RSPB? What is BGBW?   The RSPB describes BGBW as ‘the world’s biggest...
  • Winter Wonders at RSPB Arne

    Discover the winter wildlife of a frosty RSPB Arne.
  • Confessions of a Beginner Birdwatcher

    New RSPB Arne volunteer Annie shares the highs and lows of her first forays into birdwatching.