In and around the lakes at Prior Park
There are four lakes in the garden - the three lower lakes and the serpentine lake at the top.
Many species of fish live in the lakes, including carp, which are easily visible because of their size. In the spring and summer, brightly coloured dragonflies and damselflies can be seen hovering above the lake.
A family affair
A spot of fishing
In the water
Across the UK the non-native American signal crayfish is invading. We have a predatory gull which picks them out and consumes them on the middle dam, which is why you may find crayfish remains around the garden.
Grey wagtails and green woodpeckers can often be seen around the lakes, and a little family of grebes bobbing about.
Starwort and mare’s tail are great oxygenating plants but they grow thick and fast, so we are looking into partial removal of some to keep at least two thirds of the water free from vegetation.