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.

 
In winter there are a selection of birds to spot.  There are resident ducks, moorhens and coots. Coots with white beaks, and moorhens red beaks. They can be seen all year round, and bring up their young on the lake in the warmer months.
 

A spot of fishing

Another regular visitor to the lake is the grey heron. You might spot one high in the trees, or standing motionless around the lake waiting to catch a fish. 
 
If you’re really lucky you might see a kingfisher around the bottom lakes. Look out for a flash of electric blue close to the water level, or for the kingfisher’s distinctive blue and orange plumage as it sits by the lake looking for fish.
 
Over winter we are often lucky enough to see a more exotic visitor to the garden. Birds can stop by during migratory flights, or take a holiday here if they are escaping colder climes further north.
 

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.