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 let you know!
Swifts, Swallows and House Martins have all increased their presence significantly. Over on Lodmoor, Black Tailed and Bar Tailed Godwits have been observed. Common Tern nesting is now in full swing. A Cuckoo was also heard. No updates as yet on our Marsh Harriers.
On Monday 6th May, a lone Black Winged Stilt seen up at the North Screen, made Radipole Lake its home just for the day. Local birder Rick Gold recorded some great footage. Video snaps below:
On 2nd May, our spider rarity Hyposinga heri was seen for the first time this year at Radipole Lake by Rick Gold. This species has been seen several times since so keep a look out for it.
Around the reserve paths, the Cow Parsley is in full flower, Common Vetch is in abundance and Pale Flax is blooming near the Kingfisher gate.
Find out more about the wildlife on Radipole Lake on Discover Radipole Walks which take place very second Thursday of the month from 10:00 to midday. No need to book just turn up at the Discovery Centre.
For more information on the Discovery Walk 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.
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