Weymouth has not one but two RSPB nature reserves, Radipole Lake and Lodmoor. Both offer free entry and are within walking distance of the town centre.

If you’re a fan of the RSPB, Weymouth has not one but two nature reserves, Radipole Lake and Lodmoor. They’re in an area called Weymouth Wetlands and are both within walking distance of the town centre. These nature reserves are always open to the public and entrance is always free (not including certain hides and events).

Radipole Lake

Situated in a historically marshy area between the Weymouth Way A354 and Radipole Park Drive, is a large area of marsh and tall grasses. This is Radipole Lake Nature Reserve. It has a Discovery Centre (open 9am-4pm) housed in a small hut on the edge of Radipole Lake. This can be easily accessed in the corner of the Swannery Car Park near B&Q and KFC.

They can offer information, tell you what to look out for (whether it be Daubenton’s Bats, water voles or bearded tits) and suggest a route around the nature reserve. Paths are accessible for buggy and wheelchair users. Check the RSPB website for dates of events such as Go Batty at RSPB Radipole Lake Nature Reserve.

Lodmoor

A former racetrack near the Preston Beach Road, near the Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Lodmoor Nature Reserve is now a large area of wetland and reedbed. It boasts one of the largest common tern colonies in the South West, as well as being of international importance for European Eels. But be careful you don’t step on the UK’s biggest insect – the Great Green Bush Cricket – while looking out for the resident herons, egrets and otters. Why not combine your visit with a trip to the Sea Life Centre for a real nature day out!

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