Friends of Daneshill Lakes
If you’re looking for spring then a visit to Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve, near Torworth, is a good place to start.
The brilliant yellow flowers of gorse have been brightening the lengthening days for a while with their soft coconut fragrance. Cheery daisies are open on sunny days and there are rosettes of pale yellow primrose flowers in their nests of bright green leaves. Umbrella shaped clusters of nodding yellow cowslips on long stalks are waiting in the wings.
Most of the reserve’s feathered winter visitors have flown north and east to their breeding grounds, leaving their resident birds to do their own courting. Soon, on the lakes you’ll be seeing fluffy Mallard ducklings, Greylag and Canada Goose goslings, and Coot and Moorhen chicks.
Off the water, the reserve is full of bird song with Blackbirds, Robins, Dunnocks and Wrens, amongst others, singing their little hearts out to set up a territory and advertise for a mate. The louder and better the song, the more chance of success. The best time to catch this sweet natural orchestra is first thing in the morning. Summer visitors, such as Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, will be joining them shortly.
Winter conservation work on the reserve is now complete, with the breeding season imminent. The Friends of Daneshill Lakes have been joining the volunteers from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, who manage the reserve, during the winter months clearing potentially dangerous trees and tidying up the paths to make for a safer and more pleasurable visit.
At present no community events are scheduled, but the Friends hope visitors enjoy the information boards situated at the entrance, on the side of the container by the Main Lake, and on the Percy Laws jetty to help with all things wildlife. Also, visitors can entertain themselves and learn more by checking out the six silhouette signs around the Main Lake and the six-part picture quiz, also to be spotted around the Main Lake.
If you would like to know more, visit the Friends of Daneshill Lakes website at www.friendsofdaneshilllakes.btck.co.uk, and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust website at www.nottingshirewildlife.org.
Daneshill Lakes Nature Reserve is a wonderful and welcoming haven for visitors, but please remember it is the home of many wild creatures and plants. So, when visiting please respect the reserve’s inhabitants, and the enjoyment of other visitors, by putting your litter in the many bins provided or taking it home with you, keeping dogs on leads, and, of course, following the current COVID-19 Government guidelines.