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Wildlife at the lake seems currently to be thriving whilst humans lie low due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Fewer visitors means birds and wildlife can move into spaces they might previously have avoided.

e.g. a pair of Great Crested Grebes is nesting on Inns Lake close to the path approaching the reserve whilst Canada Geese have been observed cropping the field near Stocker's House. These are both places which might normally be avoided due to human traffic.

Meanwhile our nesting herons and egrets seems to be thriving. See our separate "New Heron Nest Pictures and Videos" news item.

Also warblers and other migrants are starting to arrive. Blackcap, chiffchaff and sedge warbler have all been singing on the reserve. Swallows have also been seen too and so too a cuckoo at nearby Stocker's Farm. It's the start of an exciting season as more summer migrants are set to arrive over the coming weeks. 

Note that the reserve is still open for visitors, although please respect all government social distancing guidelines if you visit. Also please respect the request of HMWT that the hides not be used  in order to avoid the risk of surface contamination during the current lockdown periondd. There are though plenty of other places on the reserve from which birds may be easily observed.

April 2020