• 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
  • Our Marsh Harrier is Getting a Revamp and the Otters Return

    A beautiful Autumn day at Radipole Lake today. Bearded Tits and Cetti's Warblers are chirping in the reed beds.  Gulls and Ducks are making the most of the calm still waters on the lake outside the Discovery Centre Window.  The Hooded Merganser, Kingfisher and Little Egrets have all been seen today.  The sunny weather has brought a small influx of Red Admiral Butterflies and Red Darter Dragonflies.

    Red Admiral

    The Discovery Centre…

    • 27 Oct 2017
  • Close Encounters of the Batty Kind

    Radipole Lake has a number of bats recorded on the site including Daubenton's (some times known as the Water Bat), Serotine, Noctule, Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle and Nathusius' Pipistrelle.  Daubenton's is one of our common species, mainly found in woodlands but roosts close to areas of water including lakes, rivers and canals.  Obviously Radipole Lake is an ideal location with large areas of open…

    • 20 Oct 2017
  • Spoony Visits Radipole Lake


    This morning's unexpected guest was a Spoonbill having a snooze up at the Viewing Shelter on the Buddleia Loop.  More commonly seen at Arne or over at Lodmoor, it was a very welcome visitor at Radipole Lake today.

    Hooded Merganser

    Also about today was the Hooded Merganser diving up around the concrete bridge.  The water was so clear, it was easy to see "Hoodie" feeding in the bottom of the river bed delighting visitors watching…

    • 6 Oct 2017
  • Kingfishers and Bearded Tits


    September continues to be a good month to see our resident Kingfishers.  They have been regularly visiting their perches and two were seen flying across the lake this morning.  They are so close that we can take photos using the 360 degree screen in the Discovery Centre.  Teal, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebes, Shoveler, Grey Herons and Little Egrets are also about.  Though it's overcast today, butterflies and dragonflies…

    • 29 Sep 2017
  • Kingfishers at Radipole Lake, Egrets Galore at Lodmoor and Phalaropes at Arne

    Radipole Lake

    Beautiful day in Weymouth.  Up at the Viewing Shellter, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and Kestrel were seen scanning the skies. A Water Rail skulking in the reeds, Little Grebe, Black Tailed Godwits, Grey Heron, Teal, Gadwall, paddling around the lake. Lots of butterflies and dragonflies are still on the wing in the hedgerows.  The Star of the Show again has been our resident Kingfisher, regularly landing on the perches outside…

    • 22 Sep 2017
  • Sandpiper Rarities at Lodmoor and Beautiful Butterflies at Radipole Lake

    The big news for the past few days are the two rare sandpipers over at Lodmoor, blown off course from America after Storm Aileen. Both vagrants have been sighted today, so are still around for the time being.  The Least Sandpiper was first seen last Sunday and is the first record for Dorset.  On Monday the Stilt Sandpiper was first spotted and is the second record for Dorset.  The first record for Dorset was also at Lodmoor…

    • 15 Sep 2017
  • A Damp Day at Radipole Lake

    It's a cloudy, damp and rainy today, In between the showers I managed to walk around the reserve without getting wet.  Our summertime chicks are now starting to noticeably look much more adult.  The young coots chicks are now in the process of acquiring the unmistakable white Coot beak.  One of our Mute Swan families were sheltering and preening under the Weeping Willow Tree.  The cygnets now starting to lose their dark grey…

    • 8 Sep 2017
  • Recent Bird Sightings at Radipole Lake and Lodmoor

    It's the first day of Autumn, where has this year gone?!  It's a beautiful day though here at Radipole Lake and our resident Kingfishers have been delighting our visitors all week.  Two Kingfishers from the Discovery Centre window only this morning.  Visitors watched as they flitted across the lake and perched on their post several times.  There are not many places you can relax with a coffee and watch a Kingfisher…

    • 1 Sep 2017
  • Dragonflies and a Squally Shower

    A breezy sunny morning Radipole Lake.  Not many birds about but the Mallards were on our duck feeding platform, Cormorants, Grey Herons, Great Crested Grebe, Gadwall and Mallard on the lake in front of the Discovery Centre. Still some young chicks about, our volunteer Martin Jones-Gill snapped a lovely pic of a mother Coot feeding her chick.


    Late summer dragonflies were battling it out with the breeze.  The Migrant Hawker…

    • 18 Aug 2017
  • Cattle Egrets Make Flying Visits to Lodmoor

    We are currently in the summer doldrums for birds though the ducklings and cygnets continue to delight our visitors.  Our Mallards and Gadwall are still in moult, all the Common Terns over at Lodmoor have fledged and gone.  The Marsh Harriers are doing their occasional fly past the Discovery Centre, the Butterflies and Tiger Moths can be seen in the hedgerows on the sunnier days, House Martins are flying around above the…

    • 11 Aug 2017
  • Cygnets and Day Flying Moths

    August is a quiet time of year for our birds.  Plenty of Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Cormorants and Grey Herons in the lake outside our Discovery Centre to keep our younger visitors amused though.  With school holidays now in full swing, the Discovery Centre is doing a roaring trade in duck food, the duck feeding platform is busy with our young visitors feeding the ducks who are no doubt very pleased :-)  

    The juvenile Marsh…

    • 4 Aug 2017
  • Colour on a Dull Damp Day

    A dull damp day on the reserve today.  I went for a short wander between the showers this afternoon and was immediately rewarded with Bearded Tits pinging in the reedbeds close by the Discovery Centre. Also very young not long hatched Tufted Duck and Moorhen chicks.  Our Mute Swans and cygnets family were sheltering under the large tree in the car park.  The cygnets are getting quite large now.

    Reedbed Platform View

    A positive of our wet weather…

    • 28 Jul 2017