• May 2022 RSPB Weymouth Wetlands Update

     What's on at the Weymouth Wetlands

    Spring has been in full swing with Cow Parsley blooming by the paths and the reedbeds alive with the sound of birdsong.  As we move towards early summer, the Cow Parsley is now is giving way to the Hemlock Water Dropwort.  This is a typical plant of wet grassland and in the same family as Cow Parsley.  To discover more about the plants and birds on Radipole Lake and over at Lodmoor…

    • 31 May 2022
  • April 2022 RSPB Weymouth Wetlands Update

     What's on at the Weymouth Wetlands

    It's Spring and time to get out and about around our reserves! Several events are coming up to help our visitors make the most of the nature and wildlife on our doorstep.

     Lodmoor in Bloom by Laura Pringle

    Not Quite The Dawn Chorus at Lodmoor

    Enjoy the magical symphony of the Dawn Chorus as well as learning to identify a range of our native migratory songbirds by their calls…

    • 19 Apr 2022
  • March 2022 RSPB Weymouth Wetlands Update

     The days are getting noticeably longer now and Spring is starting to emerge around our reserves.  Marsh Harriers are in our skies once again.  Sweet Violets are making a splash of purple along some of our paths, there are still some late Winter Heliotrope flowering.  Alexanders, Cow Parsley, Hemlock Water Dropwort leaves are up, Blackthorn is starting to come into blossom.  Even sightings of Red Admiral butterflies have been…

    • 18 Feb 2022
  • Welcome Back to RSPB Radipole Lake!

    We are very pleased to inform our visitors that the Discovery Centre has now re-opened! Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you back.


    The Discovery Centre Opening times are Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm for: reserve information, refreshments are available to purchase, recent sightings information, family activities (activity backpacks, free activity sheets, duck food to purchase…

    • 17 Jan 2022
  • RSPB Radipole Lake Discovery Centre Closure

    Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close our Discovery Centre to visitors by 5pm, Friday 20th March. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

    These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may encounter it. We want to do everything we can…

    • 20 Mar 2020
  • March 2020 RSPB Lodmoor Update

    Wetland Management Works at RSPB Lodmoor

    Winter 2019/20 Update

    In October 2019, it was announced that the RSPB was planning some significant habitat management works at RSPB Lodmoor over the winter with the aim of rejuvenating the reed bed and enhancing the saltmarsh.

    The bridge work started in October but because water levels were so high wasn’t finished until November. A sluice has now been installed behind the bridge…

    • 13 Mar 2020
  • Late February 2020 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    After a succession of storms, the water levels at Radipole Lake and Lodmoor are high again.  Many puddles on the paths but all passable.  Ducks still around are Tufted, Mallard, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard and Shoveler.  Other birds noted are Grey Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Cormorants including the subspecies sinensis and Snipe. In the reed beds Cetti's are being noisy and in the hedgerows Blackbirds, Robin, Dunnock, Great Tits and…

    • 28 Feb 2020
  • February 2020 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    On 1st February the Penduline Tit returned to Radipole Lake and has been seen frequently on the reserve these past two weeks.  It's current favourite place to be is in the reed beds near the viewing shelter.  On 5th February two more Penduline Tits were seen over at Lodmoor.  Both of these birds were seen in the reed beds calling to each other but moving around a lot.  All three birds are male, no sign of any females…

    • 14 Feb 2020
  • January 2020 RSPB Radipole Lake Updates

    The Penduline Tit was back over at Lodmoor on Tuesday 29th January for a fleeting visit.  The Bearded Tits have also been showing well with a number of ringed Beardies being reported to the Discovery Centre.  The reports are helping us to track individual birds movements around the reserves and how far they travel.  Please do keep your sightings coming in, it is making an important contribution to our research.  Just make a…

    • 31 Jan 2020
  • January 2020 RSPB Radipole Lake Updated

    The Bearded Tits have been seen around the reserve, since the last blog a number of sightings of ringed birds have been reported.  Two birds, one ringed with white over pink is a female and a male with green over pink rings have been seen frequently together, perhaps courting?  Remember to keep a look out for them when you visit and report your sightings to the Discovery Centre, with a photo if possible.

    Water levels are…

    • 17 Jan 2020
  • January 2020 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

     Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to the first blog for 2020. We start the year off with visitors reporting good views of Bearded Tits around the reserve. One of the birds reported today had orange and yellow rings, a timely reminder of the Radipole Lake Bearded Tit Ringing Programme which began in Autumn 2017.  

    RSPB and BTO volunteer, Steve Hales went out on the reserve ringing our Bearded Tits.  Each bird has been…

    • 3 Jan 2020
  • December 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

     Most of Radipole Lake is currently underwater, parts are accessible for a welly walk but only as far as the Buddleia Loop.  Despite the flooding, Bearded Tits have been showing well in the reed beds outside the Discovery Centre and the Siberian Chiff Chaff has recently been seen.  The ducks and swans that are still here have been gathering around the duck feeding platform hopeful for some easy food.  The higher than usual…

    • 20 Dec 2019
  • November 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

     It's been a spooky week at the Radipole Lake as all things Halloween were celebrated during the Autumn half term.  Children (and adults of course!) have been encouraged to hunt around the Centre to find hidden eight Spiders and eight Bats and learn interesting fun facts about these sometimes maligned creatures.  

    Recent Bird Sightings

    On 19th October some people were lucky enough to see a Short Eared Owl pass over the…

    • 1 Nov 2019
  • October 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    There have been several notable bird sightings over the past month.  During the second half of September a Long Billed Dowitcher was seen several times over at Lodmoor.  On 24th September, visitors were amazed to see a Black Swan in front of the Discovery Centre window!  No rings were seen on its legs so it looks like a genuine wild Black Swan.

    Photo Credits: Long Billed Dowitcher and Black Swan - Edmund Mackrill @Wey…

    • 18 Oct 2019
  • October 2019 RSPB Lodmoor Update

    Wetland Management Works at RSPB Lodmoor, Winter 2019/20

    The RSPB are planning some significant habitat management works at RSPB Lodmoor over the coming winter with the aim of rejuvenating the reedbed and enhancing the saltmarsh.

    Rejuvenating the Lower Lodmoor Reedbed

    Working with Dorset Council, a bridge and a sluice will be put in on the Council path that divides the reedbed at RSPB Lodmoor in two.  In order to do this…

    • 4 Oct 2019
  • September 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    After the heatwave over the August Bank Holiday, September has brought an Autumnal chill to the air.  Some notable recent sightings: a Great White Egret and 50+ Mediterranean Gulls at Lodmoor on Bank Holiday Monday.  On Thursday 29th August a Spotted Crake was seen in the post box pool on Lodmoor, the next day a Bittern was seen in the same area, along with 3 Great White Egrets, 3 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, over 60…

    • 6 Sep 2019
  • Late August 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    August is a normally a quiet time at Radipole Lake.  The majority of the Swifts, House Martins and Swallows have left on their migration. Many of our resident birds are moulting their summer feathers and have gone into hiding to stay safe.  We still have our Mute Swan families and the island in front of the of the Discovery Centre window is a welcome sanctuary for the Mallards, Gadwalls, Tufted and Shovelers in their eclipse…

    • 23 Aug 2019
  • August 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    The summer holidays are upon us, the warm weather bringing many families and holidaymakers from the local area and further afield to the Discovery Centre.  The reserve is alive with fledglings and our Mute Swan cygnets are growing up fast.  The Swifts have already left for their long journey to South Africa.

    Among our current feathered visitors is a Wood Sandpiper which has been seen at the North Screen and over at Lodmoor…

    • 9 Aug 2019
  • June 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    Orchid season is upon us at Radipole Lake.  We are pleased to report that our Brown Bee Orchid (Ophyrs apifera var atrofuscus) first found in 2008 is now in its 11th year.  Two plants have bloomed so far.

    Ophrys aprifera var atrofuscus

    Photo Credit: Edmund Mackrill

    It's been a good year for the typical Bee Orchid with over 20 plants counted around the reserve.  Southern Marsh Orchids are not as abundant this year as in the past but over 20 flowers…

    • 28 Jun 2019
  • May 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Spring Update

     Activity around the reserves is increasing with the lengthening days.  Mallard and coot chicks are often at the duck feeding platform and many birds have been with food or nesting material.

    The Ring Neck Duck has also discovered the feeding platform and is now frequently seen there or in front of the Discovery Centre window.  He also been displaying to the Tufted Duck females, if he gets lucky and produces a family we will…

    • 10 May 2019
  • April 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Spring Update

    Hawthorn BlossomThe warm weather over the Easter Weekend brought the butterflies and the flowers out.  Hawthorns are laden with blossom, Cornsalad, Pale Flax and Ox Eye daisy are beginning to come into flower.  The Swifts, House Martins and Swallows are now busy flying over the lakes. 

    Marsh Harriers have frequently been seen from the Discovery Centre window flying over the reedbeds and the Ring Necked Duck is still around on the reserve…

    • 26 Apr 2019
  • April 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    Spring has arrived at the Weymouth Wetlands. The reed beds and hedgerows are full of birdsong, Cetti's Warblers, Willow  Warblers, Chiff CCuckoo Flowerhaffs, Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings all adding their vocals to the sounds of a Radipole Lake Spring.  The Marsh Harriers are sky dancing, Bearded Tits have been seen frequently flying low over the reedbeds.  Mute Swans are nest building and a pair of Great Crested Grebes are building…

    • 12 Apr 2019
  • March 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Spring Update

    It's been a cracking day for our Bearded Tits at Radipole Lake.  A flock of 10 have been very vocal and flying low in the Buddleia Loop reed beds.  Our visitors have been thrilled to have good chance of seeing one of our specialties.  The best place to observe them is on the double platform on the way to the Viewing Shelter.  

    Bearded Tit

    Photo Credit: Bearded Tit - Graham Jaggard

    On 16th March it was Lodmoor's "Super Saturday".…

    • 22 Mar 2019
  • March 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    Lesser CelandineSpring is making its way across our reserves.  The Lesser Celandine is now in bloom by the riverside path to the Viewing Shelter, it's bright yellow daisy flowers peeping out from the grass and sedge.  The Blackthorn is just starting to burst forth in the hedgerows, White Violets have begun to appear on the Buddleia Loop, scattered on the path with the Scented Violets.  Read Dead-Nettle is blooming in earnest, the Alexanders…

    • 8 Mar 2019
  • February 2019 Radipole Lake Update

    Discovery Centre Marsh HarrierSpring is definitely on its way.  Daffodils are starting to flower around the reserve, the ones in front of the Discovery Centre Marsh Harrier providing a warm spring welcome to our visitors.  Patches of dark mauve scented violets are in full bloom along our paths, the Alder trees are turning golden with their catkins, the Bay trees and a Hawthorn are coming into bud. 

    The Ring Neck Duck is being frequently seen most days…

    • 22 Feb 2019