Lake Cottage borders Gait Barrows Nature Reserve and is a pleasant, short walk to the famous RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss. Marsh Harriers nest in marsh at bottom of garden and a frequent sight in summer months. Water Rails common in the reedbed. Large flights of Teal on the lake in winter. Kingfishers often sighted along the reedbeds and on a fishing perch on our jetty. Snipe in the reeds and large numbers of Marsh/Willow/Long Tailed/Great and Blue Tits, Nuthatch. Chiffchaff, Warblers, Buntings, Greater Spotted and Green Woodpeckers....
Lake Cottage is a great place for the keen birdwatcher for the excellent local viewpoints as well as from our own garden, reedbed and lakeside.
We have at least one pair of resident kingfishers, there is now a fishing perch on the jetty and a quiet approach along the boardwalk is sometimes rewarded by the site of one using the perch to fish. We have even had one guest report a kingfisher using his fishing rod as an alternative!
A bird hide at the lake edge provides comfortable shelter for guests to naturewatch and offers a quiet retreat for reading / writing / painting. It is equipped with binoculars and a library of bird / nature books.
Tawny owls can often be heard in the garden, where we have an owl nesting box - as yet unoccupied! Nesting boxes in the garden and reeds are usually occupied.
Please see below a list of birds that have been spotted at Lake Cottage.