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 30 Shoveler and over 30 Gadwall sheltering from the adverse conditions. 

Winter Welly TrailSpring is on it's way though as our Marsh Harriers are being seen more frequently around the reserve.  On 7th February two males and a female were seen over Radipole Lake and a male and female were sighted on Lodmoor.  One of the males was seen carrying sticks and signs of courtship displays are just starting. As Marsh Harrier activity is increasing the Winter Welly Walk will close on Monday 11th February.  Due to Storm Erik sweeping in the trail is flooded but remains open just for the weekend.

The Radipole Lake Ducklings Toddler Group meets once per month at the Discovery Centre.  This month the toddlers were learning about the life cycle of the humble frog.  The first session of the morning was a craft activity where the children made their very own frog mask.  Wearing their masks, the toddlers jumped from lily pad to lily pad to the pond to safely release their tadpoles.  Next was refreshments while listening to a story of a tadpole growing up into a frog.  

Undoubtedly the highlight of the morning was when the toddlers were introduced to real frog spawn and two live frogs.  A marvellous opportunity to meet wildlife up close.  The morning finished with craft activities and making a frog.  A big thank you to Steve for bringing in the frogs and to RSPB Volunteers Judy and Cheryl for all their hard work in organising and leading the Duckling Toddler Group.

For more information and all the latest sightings, contact Radipole Lake Discovery Centre, details below or pop in and see us. Hot and cold refreshments and snacks available. 

Telephone: 01305 778313

Email: Weymouth.reserves@rspb.org.uk

Website: www.rspb.org./radipolelake

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