Weymouth bird reserve damage more than £100k

First published in News

THE RSPB has launched an appeal to support bird reserves in Weymouth after it was revealed the cost of flood damage and repairs could rise above £100,000.

Hundreds of nests were destroyed and the newly-refurbished Discovery Centre was swamped by floodwater.

Despite the damage, the RSPB aims to be open and ready for visitors in time for the Olympics.

To give to the RSPB Flood Appeal visit justgiving.com/rspbfloodfund

See Monday's Echo for the full story.

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1:01pm Sat 14 Jul 12

custos says...

Is the area below sea level? If not why did it flood?
Is the area below sea level? If not why did it flood? custos
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1:12pm Sat 14 Jul 12

wykeregislad says...

Your obviously not from Weymouth ? The shear amount of rain water flowing into the lake flooded huge areas around that part of Weymouth , nothing to do with it being above sea level , hope it all gets restored in time
Your obviously not from Weymouth ? The shear amount of rain water flowing into the lake flooded huge areas around that part of Weymouth , nothing to do with it being above sea level , hope it all gets restored in time wykeregislad
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1:44pm Sat 14 Jul 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I don't understand why the excess water wasn't allowed to go past the sluice gates.
I don't understand why the excess water wasn't allowed to go past the sluice gates. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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2:19pm Sat 14 Jul 12

caddydog says...

INSURANCE????
INSURANCE???? caddydog
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2:25pm Sat 14 Jul 12

MattWey77 says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
I don't understand why the excess water wasn't allowed to go past the sluice gates.
It was high tide too, so I doubt much water would have passed through.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why the excess water wasn't allowed to go past the sluice gates.[/p][/quote]It was high tide too, so I doubt much water would have passed through. MattWey77
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2:28pm Sat 14 Jul 12

scubadude says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
I don't understand why the excess water wasn't allowed to go past the sluice gates.
High tide as Matt said and the sluice gates are only so big (not to mention blocked with junk carried in the flood water) so naturally the river burst its banks, rivers do this its a fact of life- we choose to build close to rivers so we have to live with the fact thats sometimes more water comes down them than they can carry within their normal confines- its no ones fault. Sucks for the RSPB though- the new centre was very nice.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why the excess water wasn't allowed to go past the sluice gates.[/p][/quote]High tide as Matt said and the sluice gates are only so big (not to mention blocked with junk carried in the flood water) so naturally the river burst its banks, rivers do this its a fact of life- we choose to build close to rivers so we have to live with the fact thats sometimes more water comes down them than they can carry within their normal confines- its no ones fault. Sucks for the RSPB though- the new centre was very nice. scubadude
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2:33pm Sat 14 Jul 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I seem to remember from the last time that I went to the centre that you went down steps to get to it.
I seem to remember from the last time that I went to the centre that you went down steps to get to it. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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3:54pm Sat 14 Jul 12

wessex-andy says...

£100K???? To do what???
£100K???? To do what??? wessex-andy
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4:15pm Sat 14 Jul 12

shy talk says...

Take a look at the Charity Commission web site for the RSPB. Type in the charity number 207076. Forgive the pun, for some eye watering amounts of money and assets.
Take a look at the Charity Commission web site for the RSPB. Type in the charity number 207076. Forgive the pun, for some eye watering amounts of money and assets. shy talk
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6:11pm Sat 14 Jul 12

whatever66 says...

ask the council to cough up there making enough out of the olympics after all its supposedly for the town and after the waste of money they have spent recently least this is for the good of the town.
ask the council to cough up there making enough out of the olympics after all its supposedly for the town and after the waste of money they have spent recently least this is for the good of the town. whatever66
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6:49pm Sat 14 Jul 12

green army!! says...

I am guessing its the damage to the reserve paths, visitor centre and the hide etc..
I am guessing its the damage to the reserve paths, visitor centre and the hide etc.. green army!!
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7:57pm Sat 14 Jul 12

UsernameWithheld says...

The center is located next to a large lake, is it not common sense to fit flood protection to doors!!
The center is located next to a large lake, is it not common sense to fit flood protection to doors!! UsernameWithheld
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8:00pm Sat 14 Jul 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

UsernameWithheld
Common-sense and RSPB don't go together, lots of 'suckers' will give them money.
UsernameWithheld Common-sense and RSPB don't go together, lots of 'suckers' will give them money. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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8:15pm Sat 14 Jul 12

pd7 says...

Ducks are another option .
Ducks are another option . pd7
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9:55am Sun 15 Jul 12

annotator1 says...

Noahs Ark Amusements used to flood at least twice a year as when it is very high tides, the level in the backwater is too high to let the lake drain. We then get excessive levels of water. The gates are there to stop the brackish water from entering the fresh water Radipole side. So, a man made error again! The RSPB is very wealthy and I agree help would be nice but like all the Royal Society type organizations, they are not short of a bob or two and the amount mentioned is a drop in a very large ocean.
Noahs Ark Amusements used to flood at least twice a year as when it is very high tides, the level in the backwater is too high to let the lake drain. We then get excessive levels of water. The gates are there to stop the brackish water from entering the fresh water Radipole side. So, a man made error again! The RSPB is very wealthy and I agree help would be nice but like all the Royal Society type organizations, they are not short of a bob or two and the amount mentioned is a drop in a very large ocean. annotator1
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11:18am Sun 15 Jul 12

Duckorange says...

The Dorset Echo Armchair Geerals strike again. What a miserable bunch of know-it-alls you are
The Dorset Echo Armchair Geerals strike again. What a miserable bunch of know-it-alls you are Duckorange
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2:00pm Sun 15 Jul 12

amaninjapan says...

Natural areas like the reserve deserve all the funds the need and more. These are the places that we should be spending way more public money on as they are so educational for kids. Im lucky enough that my farther actually took the time to take us down there and we would spend ages looking for, and naming what ever we could. Natural habitat is far more interesting than any video game I have ever played. And I only feel this way thanks to my farther. We are so lucky to have this wealth of information on our doorstep and we need to cherish and use it a lot more than most people do. Where`s my wallet. Its the least I can do.
Natural areas like the reserve deserve all the funds the need and more. These are the places that we should be spending way more public money on as they are so educational for kids. Im lucky enough that my farther actually took the time to take us down there and we would spend ages looking for, and naming what ever we could. Natural habitat is far more interesting than any video game I have ever played. And I only feel this way thanks to my farther. We are so lucky to have this wealth of information on our doorstep and we need to cherish and use it a lot more than most people do. Where`s my wallet. Its the least I can do. amaninjapan
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2:56pm Sun 15 Jul 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I had a father like lots of people who went farther to educate me to spell.
I had a father like lots of people who went farther to educate me to spell. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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7:38pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Genghis says...

amaninjapan wrote:
Natural areas like the reserve deserve all the funds the need and more. These are the places that we should be spending way more public money on as they are so educational for kids. Im lucky enough that my farther actually took the time to take us down there and we would spend ages looking for, and naming what ever we could. Natural habitat is far more interesting than any video game I have ever played. And I only feel this way thanks to my farther. We are so lucky to have this wealth of information on our doorstep and we need to cherish and use it a lot more than most people do. Where`s my wallet. Its the least I can do.
I agree with you. Radipole Lake is a wonderful asset to the town and I hope that not too much damage has been done to the wildlife and that it can be put right soon.
[quote][p][bold]amaninjapan[/bold] wrote: Natural areas like the reserve deserve all the funds the need and more. These are the places that we should be spending way more public money on as they are so educational for kids. Im lucky enough that my farther actually took the time to take us down there and we would spend ages looking for, and naming what ever we could. Natural habitat is far more interesting than any video game I have ever played. And I only feel this way thanks to my farther. We are so lucky to have this wealth of information on our doorstep and we need to cherish and use it a lot more than most people do. Where`s my wallet. Its the least I can do.[/p][/quote]I agree with you. Radipole Lake is a wonderful asset to the town and I hope that not too much damage has been done to the wildlife and that it can be put right soon. Genghis
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1:19am Mon 16 Jul 12

amaninjapan says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
I had a father like lots of people who went farther to educate me to spell.
lol. Please forgive my poor spelling IDONTKNOWIFITSTRUE. I was in a rush and my spell checker is brokten. ;)
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: I had a father like lots of people who went farther to educate me to spell.[/p][/quote]lol. Please forgive my poor spelling IDONTKNOWIFITSTRUE. I was in a rush and my spell checker is brokten. ;) amaninjapan
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1:30am Mon 16 Jul 12

amaninjapan says...

amaninjapan wrote:
IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
I had a father like lots of people who went farther to educate me to spell.
lol. Please forgive my poor spelling IDONTKNOWIFITSTRUE. I was in a rush and my spell checker is brokten. ;)
And if I remember correctly, the spelling department was my mothers responsibility. Its all her fault.
[quote][p][bold]amaninjapan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: I had a father like lots of people who went farther to educate me to spell.[/p][/quote]lol. Please forgive my poor spelling IDONTKNOWIFITSTRUE. I was in a rush and my spell checker is brokten. ;)[/p][/quote]And if I remember correctly, the spelling department was my mothers responsibility. Its all her fault. amaninjapan
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10:58am Mon 16 Jul 12

Jello Biafra says...

Bring back Noahs Ark Mussies!
Bring back Noahs Ark Mussies! Jello Biafra
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