The reserve is looking great as the winter approaches, and the leaves are turning a beautiful golden yellow. The reeds are dying back and the winter birds are starting to visit the lakes again. Sunsets at this time of year are spectacular; the sky gets reflected in the lakes and turns the water pink, we close at 4.00 every night, so do pop along to the reserve to enjoy this special time of year.
The Glow worms were spotted again this year, in July just after dusk along the north side of the reserve. They are fascinating insects, not like worms at all but more like a small beetle. Glow worms eggs even glow, all be it slightly. The young larvae take between 1 – 2 years to become adult glow worms, and spend their time eating small snails. Female adult glow worms glow when they are trying to attract a mate; the males don’t glow but can fly, so seek out a mate that way. Adults don’t have jaws so don’t eat, thus only live for up to 14 days! For more info on glow worms look at www.glowworms.org.uk
Also spotted over the summer....a very large puss moth caterpillar. Approx the size of an adult’s smallest finger! They eat willow and poplar, which there are plenty of at the lakes. They have the toughest cocoon of any other UK moth. They spend the winter within this cocoon and then hatch out in the spring.
Daubenton's and pippistrelle bats enjoy eating midges and moths around the reserve during year, we do organise bat walks during the summer months, please email us for more information.
There is a 1.5 mile circular walk with a large 'all weather' bird hide and cliff top 'look out' platforms. Picnic benches are spaced at intervals round the walk, so why not make an afternoon of it? Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Adults £2.50, children £1.50, under 5's free.
Our last free 'fishing taster session' day of the year was held on saturday 12th October and was a huge sucess. With over a hundred people through the door, many who were new to fishing. All the fishing coaches and the EA guys were fantastic, we hope to be running more taster sessions again next year.
We are proud to announce the opening of our NEW SPECIMIN LAKE. This is well stocked with a great range of good looking 11 – 30lb fish. There are pictures of the recent catches in the fishery office. The swims are ready so come along and give it a go…..one bite and you’ll be hooked!
The mixed coarse lake has been topped up with over 100 common and mirror carp of 3lb each in weight. These have been supplied from Lincolnshire Carp Farm who are part of Olsten Trout who we regularly use for stocking our lakes. The fish from this farm are always of the highest quality and greatest sport. These additions compliment the already resident and diverse mix of perch, rudd, tench, barbel and range of carp.
We offer 1 2 1 or group coaching for fly, coarse and pike fishing at very competitive prices. We also sell gift vouchers for fishing day tickets or tuition on our coarse, trout and specimen lakes. These make ideal presents for all occasions, and now that we have credit card facilities you can order gift cards over the phone, pay and we can post them out to you. These make the perfect birthday/anniversary/thank you /father’s day/ presents.
We now have the facility to take all major credit and debit cards at the lakes.
We are still running our offer of - buy 5 day tcikates at the lakes and get the 6th FREE! An offer not to be missed..
The facilities for disabled anglers at the fishery are fantastic with ramp access to the trout and mixed coarse lake and two large wheelchair accessible toilets. Lake side parking for blue badge holders is also available.
Buckland Dive Centre
Over the past few months we have had the pleasure of seeing many new people qualify as divers, earning their 'Open Water' certification: this includes people from the age of 10 to the more senior diver at 60 years old! Well done to all of them.
The dive centre has just qualified a brand new Divemaster – Tom, who has been working on the course since August and will be a fantastic addition to the Buckland team, ready for next year.
We have also had 8 new Rescue Divers, 1 Divemaster, 7 Master Scuba Divers and 1 brand new Dive Instructor train and qualify with us.
Take a look at our new website for extra photos of the other wrecks and things to discover www.bucklanddivecentre.co.uk We lookforward to seeing you soon. For more information on diving and our courses for 2013 please call 07961077241.
During our recent bird box survey we were delighted to discover that 75% of the 49 nest boxes that are positioned around the reserve have been used for nesting.
Blue tits, Great tits and wrens have been making good use out of the ready made homes. The woodcrete boxes ‘which are made from sawdust and concrete’ were the most popular!
Some field mice have been useing the Robin boxes ‘which are partially open fronted’ for hiding in while they eat the damson curnals and hawthorn berries, which was a lovely surprise.
We have bird feeders set up outside the fishery office which are used a lot by sparrows, blue tits, and great spotted woodpeckers.
We had the pleasure to attend the Kent Wildlife Trusts award ceremony to receive a gold gardening for wildlife award. This is the second time we have won gold and are delighted. It is so important to garden alongside wildlife rather than against it.
KRAG ‘Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group’ representative Paul visited the reserve and helped us to establish tin sheet reptile habitat to encourage snakes and reptiles to do well. He is keen to put us on the map as a prime reptile site. The reptile habitat which has now been in place for two years is continually proving to be a success. There have been slow worms, grass snakes and adders all spotted spending time under the sheets. The habitat ‘refuge’ has not only been used by reptiles as we were delighted to find out, but also by field mice who make stock piles of damson stones to eat ‘much to the delight of the mouse eating snakes!’ Plenty of ants have been building their nests under the sheeting too; including the less common orange ant. Some large snails, voles and woodlouse have also moved in under the shelters. Please don’t life the sheets unless your with a reserve warden.
The mallards and coots have done well this year, with most pairs having produced two broods. Picture below of the cygnet up-tail dabbling!
12 pairs of Tufted ducks, 1 Sparrow hawk, 2 collared Doves, 1 Cormorant, 6 Gold finches, 2 Green woodpeckers, 1 Grey wagtail, Great spotted woodpecker, 2 adult Swans with 1 cygnet, 1 pair of Mallards, 8 adult coots and 6 chicks, 2 Great crested Grebes with 2 chicks, a kingfisher and a Crow.
There are picnic benches around the lakes and we would like to encourage as many people to come to the reserve and have a walk and a picnic while enjoying the views across the lakes. There are always lots of different flowers and plants to see through the year and plenty of wildlife to spot too.
*Buckland lake reserve has a meeting room /class room/lecture facility that is available for hire.*
The building enjoys far reaching views across the fishery lakes from its wall of large windows. The white and light timber interior creates a crisp professional look which is ideal for hosting for functions of all types.
The room can hold up to 40 people when seated in rows and up to 20 when sitting at tables ‘both of which we provide for you’. The room is well lit with overhead strip lighting, a small kitchenette, water urn and gas heating.
We can arrange catering if you require it, anything from cold buffets, breakfast baps and homemade cakes to hot meals / xmas dinner and even a BBQ by the lakes for a summer event.
The room is for hire all year round and costs from £30.00 for a half days hire and £60.00 for a full day.
There is plenty of hard surface parking right outside and the Reserve is well sign posted from the B2000. Making it an ideal location for events, meetings or family gatherings.
The film ‘Guns, Gangsters and Zombies’ is now out to buy and also to watch on Netflix. There is a trailer on utube ‘certificate 18’. Rumours of filming for a sequel are rife....watch this space......
Buckland Lake is available as a filming location and what with the large lakes, isolated location, parking and facilities it makes for an ideal filming site.