Posted 5 weeks ago (01/06) by Theresa Goss
The Lakes are sadly closed for the moment due to the government’s restrictions on social distancing. Like other nature reserves around the country the Lakes Management team is monitoring government guidelines and will open as soon as possible. Until that time we advise everyone to check for the warning notices along the approach to the Lakes and statements on FB and websites to avoid disappointment and a wasted journey.
Members of the Lakes Management team have been following up the survey which was recently commissioned by the PC to look at the condition of the Lakes and especially the water quality. They met with Mike Stretton, from Aquatic Solutions, at the lakes (maintaining 2 meters distance of course!). Mike was specifically looking at the problem of weed growth in the Lakes. This has increased due to the last two hot summers with no really hard winter weather to knock it back. The Management team will be exploring potential different systems of dealing with the weed growth and obtaining any quotes necessary to present to the Parish Council.
This week a small group of volunteers, spaced out along the paths, cleared them of debris which had fallen from the trees in the recent windy weather, as well as cleaning some of the seats. Also some work has been completed to replace rotten boards on some of the bridges.
A big thank you to everyone involved.
Nature has of course continued despite (or perhaps benefited from) the lack of visitors.
There is at least one group of ducklings in evidence as well as a group of moorhen chicks.
Nesting birds have been singing regularly. These include blackcap, robins, wrens, goldfinches, chaffinches, chiffchaff, song thrush and blackbirds. Blue tits, great tits and long tailed tits are also seen in the trees and hedges and some have taken up the nest boxes provided in the reserve.
Hopefully, it will not be long before Adderbury residents can again enjoy this small haven of nature. Until then the Management team and the Parish Council are grateful for everyone’s patience.