The lake has been a feature of this area since the 19th Century and is believed to be on the site of an Anglo-Saxon moat. At one time it was used for boating but now it is purely a wildlife area. It is home to a variety of birds, amphibians and insects.
In 2005 the Friends of Lordship Rec took on a project to make improvements to the lake area so that now the paths around the lake are more accessible and there are more benches and also picnic tables where visitors can sit and enjoy the view and the birds. For those wishing to investigate what lives in the water there is a dipping platform and also attractive boards with information about the animals that live in and on the lake. Planted banks were made to soften the hard edges of the lake and to grow into an enhanced habitat for the wildlife on the lake.
In February 2016 the Friends received a grant to do further improvements which we will be carrying out throughout 2016. We will be doing more planting, building and installing some more floating islands for nesting birds, doing some renovation work to the dipping platform and adding a new interpretation board with information on responsible bird feeding and the negative impact on wildlife and water quality of white bread. Please contact the friends if you want to be involved in this project.
There is an island in the lake where birds can nest undisturbed. (see The future – projects, and About the Park-Wildlife)