Habitats at Lake Meadows - FoLM

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Habitats at Lake Meadows

The Park
Lake Meadows is fortunate to have varied habitats for wildlife

The Lake
The waters of the lake are home to a number of water birds, some of which are seasonal visitors. Fish & other small water creatures live in the water and the lakeside banks are home to young birds, and many insects, which attract bats to feed here.

The Conservation area
The long grass on the sluice bank is managed to create a natural habitat by cutting it only in the autumn. Native wild flowers are encouraged to grow here, which bees, butterflies and moths help pollinate. These insects, as well as ants, caterpillars and beetles, in turn provide food for birds, bats and visiting hedgehogs.

The Flower Meadow
Seeded annually with a nectar-rich seed mix giving a summer-long display, the meadow provides nectar for visiting bees, butterflies and other flying insects, upon which bats feed on warm summer evenings
The Reed Bed
At the shallow north-east end of the lake,   a reed bed helps keep the water clean. This sheltered area encourages amphibians and water insects to feed, shelter and breed in a safe habitat.

The Gardens
Shrubs and perennials, in the three areas of gardens, encourage bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects throughout the year. Birds catch these insects for food for themselves and their young, as well as collecting berries and seeds to eat.

The Trees and Woodland
The small area of ancient woodland is a haven for wildlife with bats, birds and creatures, such as reptiles and amphibians. Dead and dying wood provides an important habitat for beetles, and helps encourage fungi. Many specimen trees in the park provide homes for nesting birds and for a wide range of insects.

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