• 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
  • February 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    The beginning of February brought our first cold snap of the year.  On 1st February, Lodmoor had increased bird activity with over 500 Fieldfare, over 250 Redwing, over 100 Golden Plover, over 100 Meadow Pipit and over 60 Lapwing.  This was due to heavy snow further across the county.  The Yellow Browed Warbler also put in an appearance.  The Ring Necked Duck is still around at Radipole Lake and over 200 Tufted Duck, over…

    • 8 Feb 2019
  • January 2019 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    Happy New Year from us all at Radipole Lake!!

    The new birdwatching year started well with sightings of two Yellow Browed Warblers at Radipole Lake and a further one over at Lodmoor.  The Ring Neck Duck was back at Radipole Lake, also 2 male and 2 female Marsh Harriers and a group of 35 Pochards.  A Lesser Yellowlegs and a Ruff were sighted at Lodmoor. 

    Ring Neck Duck

    Photo Credit: Edmund Mackrill

    Lesser Yellowlegs

    Photo Credit: Martin Jones-Gill

    The Ring…

    • 18 Jan 2019
  • December 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    Welcome to the last blog of 2018. Undoubtedly the star bird for this month is the Penduline Tit which was first seen at Radipole Lake on Friday 14th December.  The Penduline has been seen several times over the past week in particular in the reed beds near the Viewing Shelter.  Lovely snap by Graham Jaggard below.

    Photo Credit: Graham Jaggard

    Bearded Tits are also in abundance around the reserve at the moment.  Their distinctive…

    • 21 Dec 2018
  • November 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    Welcome to the new look  blog and community pages.  Apologies that it has been a while since our last blog.  A few notable birds have been around on both reserves since the last update.  Ruff, Lesser Yellowlegs and a Grey Phalarope were regularly on Lodmoor at the beginning of October. The Lesser Yellowlegs is still a frequent visitor and may well over winter in the area.  An Osprey was seen over Radipole Lake and Lodmoor on…

    • 23 Nov 2018
  • September 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Autumn Update

    It's been a windy few days at the Weymouth Wetlands as storms Ali and Bronagh make their way East.  Surprisingly there are a number of brave butterflies and dragonflies around the reserve being buffeted about in the breeze.

    Ruddy DarterPeacock

    The Little Egrets and Great White Egrets are still being regularly seen but the limelight has currently shifted to the latest arrivals on the reserve, the Cattle Egrets.  These Egrets are being…

    • 21 Sep 2018
  • September 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    There is an distinctly autumn chill in the air now as the summer starts turning into autumn.  Great White Egrets are still being seen daily at Radipole Lake and over on Lodmoor, often three birds are sighted.

    Great White Egret

    RSPB volunteer, Martin Jones-Gill, managed to snap this one taking off outside the Discovery Centre.

    Other notable sightings include a Spotted Redshank seen at Lodmoor on 28th August. Yellow Wagtails are regularly…

    • 7 Sep 2018
  • August 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Late Summer Update

    August is traditionally a quiet month for birds but we have been lucky enough to have one of our largest visitors, the Great White Egret, visiting our reserves this month.  A Great White Egret has been recorded daily over at Lodmoor since 30th July.  On 10th August two were seen and the very next day three were counted and were around for a few days.  On 15th August the Great White Egret was seen outside the Discovery Centre…

    • 24 Aug 2018
  • August 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    The summer holidays are finally here! Radipole Lake is the place to be for families on Tuesdays for the rest of August. The Family Fun day starts from 10:00 a.m. and runs through until 3:00 pm. Free games are available out on the patio, there's Splat the Rat, Giant Jenga, Giant Snakes and Ladders and Pebble Painting.  There'a also pond dipping and bug hunting kits available to go exploring out on the reserve.  After…

    • 10 Aug 2018
  • July 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    July has seen a very parched Radipole Lake and Lodmoor with the vegetation being tinder dry.  Several locations over the country have reported wildfires.  This week Lodmoor has been no exception.  On Tuesday 24th July, six fire engines attended a blaze which started at the Lodmoor Recycling Centre.  The cloud of smoke could be seen for miles around Weymouth and from the coast. Four hectares of waste ground around the Recycling…

    • 27 Jul 2018
  • June 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    There are three big items of news this month.  The first has to be the glorious sunshine and warm temperatures we have been enjoying over the past two to three weeks. The prolonged sunshine means that our reserves are thriving  with life and they are looking fantastic and colourful at the moment.  A family of Tufted ducklings have been seen on the reserve, along with Mallard ducklings and Canada Geese goslings. Also a record…

    • 29 Jun 2018
  • May 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Late Spring Update

    Cow Parsley

    Spring has well and truly begun start after the cold, wet late start.  Thanks to the Estate Team's careful hedgerow management, the paths are now a sea of white froth with Cow Parsley lining the hedgerows and the Hawthorn Blossom. Amongst the white froth are splashes of colour from the purples, pinks and creams of Common Comfrey, also Yellow Iris, Marsh Marigold, Hedgerow Cranesbill, Common Vetch, Ground Ivy, Common…

    • 18 May 2018
  • May 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    Marsh Harriers - Latest News

    One of our specialties, the Marsh Harrier, is frequently being seen around both reserves at the moment.  Nest building is underway with birds being seen carrying twigs.  There are two nests at Radipole and one at Lodmoor.  The females are likely to be sitting on eggs. The signs are good for a successful summer.

    Marsh Harrier

    April Bird Sightings

    Common TernsThe 1st April saw Garganey on Radipole and Lodmoor and the…

    • 4 May 2018
  • April 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    The Radipole Lake Big Spring Clean (aka Litter Pick)

    Saturday 24th March saw a gathering of around 30 local volunteers to give the Radipole Lake Drive a long overdue spring clean of all the rubbish and litter which had accumulated alongside the road and edge of the lake. The volunteers first gathered in the car park for a preliminary chat and health and safety briefing by Dan Bartlett, Visitor Experience Officer. Equipment…

    • 13 Apr 2018
  • March 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Spring Update

    After the recent cold snaps, winter is starting to lose its grip and signs of spring are starting to emerge over the reserves. On 13th March a Small Tortoiseshell was seen at Radipole and a Brimstone over at Lodmoor. Great Crested Grebes are starting to show signs of their characteristic courtship dancing.  On 14th March a Spoonbill put in an appearance at Radipole.  A pair of Bitterns, one actually booming were seen over…

    • 23 Mar 2018
  • March 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    The two top subjects of discussion this month - the weather and the Ross's Gull! The arctic weather conditions brought in some interesting species to Radipole including Dunlin, Fieldfares and Avocets. The icy view from the Discovery Centre picture window below.

    An Arctic Radipole Lake

    Ross's Gull

    The Ross's Gull, the third record for Dorset, which first appeared on 21st February stayed around Radipole for two weeks.  The gull…

    • 9 Mar 2018
  • February 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    February is proving to be a sunny but chilly month.  Despite the cold there are signs of spring everywhere.  Around the reserve new bright green spring growth and flowers are tentatively starting to make an appearance. In some areas the spring Daffodils are already flowering.  Another welcome sign is the carpet of Sweet Violets up on the Buddleia Loop. There is a myth that you can only smell the fragrance of the flowers…

    • 23 Feb 2018
  • January 2018 RSPB Radipole Lake Update

    Happy New Year everyone!  

    This is a good time to see one of Radipole Lake's star species - our resident Marsh Harriers.  Currently there are two males at Radipole and one male over at Lodmoor.  No females have seen as yet.  Photographer Paul Williams captured these stunning shots of the male coming in to land.

    Marsh Harrier

    Marsh Harrier

    Photo Credit: Paul Williams - website: www.paulwilliams.photography

    The Marsh Harriers are frequently…

    • 26 Jan 2018