Frisky fish

You can see great reflections in the lakes

During early to mid-summer the carp in the lakes at Woodchester Park start to get a bit frisky. You can see them thrashing and splashing about in the water as they start to spawn in the warmer water.

Carp are amazing fish and are prolific breeders. Females can produce over a whopping one million eggs each time they spawn.

It's getting warmer

The carp start to spawn when the water temperature in the lakes reaches 18-24°C. If conditions are right they can spawn three or four times a year.

Parkmill Pond at sunset
Parkmill Pond at sunset
Parkmill Pond at sunset

In the spawning season, you can see the males chasing, harassing and bumping into the females. They are fearless and their battles create an amazing sight. Some even thrash about so much that they become stranded.

A hard life

The vast majority of eggs are eaten by predators including fish, birds and insect larva. Their battle for survival doesn't end there. Once hatched the fry or baby fish make a tasty treat for other fish and birds like fingfishers and herons. Those that make it through to the winter are often killed by the cold weather.

Herons love to eat fish
Herons love to eat fish
Herons love to eat fish

Do not disturb

The lakes at Woodchester are special.  Please help us to keep the fish happy by watching them from the water's edge. The lakes are deep and hide many dangers. Although tempting, swimming is not allowed in the lakes.