Lodmoor Nature Reserve

One of two RSPB reserves in Weymouth renowned for its wintering birds but an ideal place to visit all year round.

 

Site Name Lodmoor Nature Reserve
Protection
  • RSPB
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
4
County Dorset
More Information https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/lodmoor/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1004374…
Site Projects
Lodmoor Nature Reserve

Lodmoor: not the poor neighbour -

I think Lodmoor is often overlooked in favour of Radipole Lake and yet it is Radipole's equal in many respects. Just over the sea wall from Weymouth Bay and with extensive reed beds and scrapes this an ideal place to expect the unexpected! All sorts of waders, gulls, ducks, raptors, warblers and other species turn up, especially in winter. In spring there are cetti's warbler, reed warbler, sedge warbler and grasshopper warbler all nesting in the reedbeds and in the autumn hundreds of hirundines swoop around your head as they take on their last meal before crossing the Channel on their way to Africa.

Lodmoor is not just about birds though. Between the road and the reserve boundary it is incredibly 'untidy' with all sorts of weeds and accompanying insects and that is enough for me! The birds are a bonus.  It lacks a hide and has no shop but the perimeter footpaths give good views of the 'action'!

The neighbouring car park (which is NOT RSPB run) is a disgrace and very muddy in winter so take care. Make it a double, visit them both ...  

Lodmoor Nature Reserve

50.630624062693, -2.4415020611583
RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
4
These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

17
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

12
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

11
B3

Calcareous Grassland

11
B2

Neutral Grassland

10
F1

Swamp

10
A2

Scrub

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
E3

Fen and carr

8
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

7
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

12
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

12
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

11
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

9
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

9
M27

Filipendula ulmaria - Angelica sylvestris [Meadowsweet/Wild Angelica] mire

9
W22

Prunus spinosa - Rubus fruticosus [Blackthorn/Bramble] scrub

8
W21

Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub

8
M28

Iris pseudacorus - Filipendula ulmaria [Yellow Iris/Meadowsweet] mire

7
M23

Juncus effusus - Galium palustre [Soft Rush/Marsh Bedstraw] rush pasture

7
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The number of species recorded per species group: