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 all that exhausting fun you can feed the ducks from our duck platform, duck food is available to purchase in the Discovery Centre. The games are free but there is a small charge for the pond dipping and bug kit hire.
The birds are quiet at this time of year, many are moulting and hiding away. There are, however, two firsts for the reserve this week; a female Purple Hairstreak butterfly discovered on Radipole Lake by volunteer Alan Neilson on Monday 6th August. The following day a Southern Migrant Hawker was seen.
Our young families are growing up. The Mute Swan cygnets are getting quite large now, this family was seen having a rest by the swan platforms, mum and dad were close by keeping an eye on things.
Close by was a Mallard family also taking a break. You can clearly see which young are growing into males or females.
Many plants have finished flowering early due to the prolonged hot weather. Hemp Agrimony is looking at its best around the reserve this month. This plant is excellent for attracting butterflies and other insects, one to look for if you have hired one of our bug hunting kits.
For further information about the Tuesday Family Fun Day 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