Places to see birds

RSPB Radipole Lake

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

The large reedbed, open water, flood meadows and bushes attract many different birds. Bearded tits and Cetti's warblers can be seen all year. They are joined in summer by reed, sedge and grasshopper warblers and in autumn by a variety of migrating birds. In winter, bitterns, pochards and tufted ducks can be observed. A program of restoration of the reedbed has been undertaken recently with the result that Marsh Harriers and Kingfishers have both bred on the reserve in 2011 and can be easily seen from the north hide.

If you are new to birdwatching: Radipole is an ideal site for both beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike, with well-known birds such as house sparrows, finches and robins, alongside rare and unusual birds like Cetti's warblers and bitterns. On a typical walk you can see seven or eight different kinds of ducks.

Information for families: There is plenty for families to do, with specially trails and Wildlife Explorer backpacks for free loan during visits. There are events based around birds and, during the summer, family activities such as pond dipping and 'bug hunts'

Information for dog owners: Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways

Please note that there are no RSPB-owned toilets on site, though there are toilets (including disabled) in the council-owned Swannery car-park and that the north hide is closed at 4.30pm for security reasons.