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College Lake and Chorleywood - the Home Counties Roadtrip continues

With another talk scheduled for the evening, we had time during the day for a little birdwatching. Richard took us to College Lake, the flagship Wildlife Trusts reserve in the area.

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College Lake in the sunshine

We've visited this gem of a reserve many times over the years and it's always exciting to see a reserve grow and develop over time. Originally a quarry, this is now a flourishing reserve with plenty to see at any time of year.

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College Lake, a fast-developing Wildlife Trusts reserve

The new visitor centre and facilities give a grandstand view over the reserve, and the bund across the lake has transformed the scene.

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Fantastic views over the reserve from the visitor centre

The staff and volunteers gave us a warm welcome and it was good to catch up on how things were progressing. We enjoyed watching the watching the wildfowl including Wigeon, Teal and Gadwall in the sunshine but it was a handsome drake Red-crested Pochard who stole the show. A wonderful place: if you're ever in this neck of the woods, we highly recommend a visit!

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Handsome drake Red-crested Pochard


Less gaudy perhaps, but definitely worth a closer look, Gadwall in the sunshine

In the evening, we gave our talk on The Biggest Twitch birding year to the members of the Chorleywood and District RSPB Group. The meeting was held in the gym of Russell School, probably the first time we've given a talk surrounded by climbing ropes, vaulting boxes and parallel bars! We were given a very warm welcome by the group who oohed and aahed in all the right places, and bought plenty of books at the end. What a great night and we hope we can go back to give another of our talks next season.

Ceylon Junglefowl

Perhaps next time we can talk about our birding adventures in Sri Lanka including an encounter with this magnificent Red Junglefowl?

If you know of a group who would like a lively illustrated talk, just drop us a line on and let us entertain you!


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