Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve has lots to offer to lift the mood at this often dark and gloomy time of year. Offering pleasant walks with water never far out of site, it’s the place to shake off the winter blues. With the leafless trees the ducks, geese, swans and other waterfowl are easy to spot and are now sporting their best plumage with love on their minds. Hazel catkins are out wafting their pollen in the wind and the lichens on what seem dead branches are worth a closer look to appreciate their wonder.
The Friends of Daneshill Lakes, who work closely with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust who take care of the Reserve, have organised a special Bird Walk on Sunday 4th February from 10.00am to 12.00pm to help budding bird spotters of all ages with some identification tips. Meet in the reserve’s car park at 9.45am for this free to join event, no booking is required. Bring binoculars if you have them, but don’t worry if you haven’t.
The Friends group will next be meeting on Monday 19th February at 7.30pm at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, Great North Road, Retford DN22 8SG. The group discuss future site conservation maintenance, future events and current topics.
Daneshill Lakes is situated on Daneshill Road, Torworth, follow the brown signs off the A638 Retford to Bawtry road. Daneshill Lakes is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council and managed by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The Friends help by creating a forum for views on the upkeep and future of Daneshill Lakes, raise funds for projects, and provide community wildlife events to educate and inspire and bring local people together. If you have an interest in Daneshill Lakes, please join the group. Membership is £5.00 per year.
For further information please contact Lesley Noar, secretary of the Friends of Daneshill Lakes — email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01777 818362. The Friends website is www.friendsofdaneshilllakes.btck.co.uk.