"Rapidly diminishing". (R. Kahn - Head
Conservation Ranger, Forestry Commission : W. England).
To reinstate the lake with suitable control over water
levels, the creation of islands and water depth not exceeding 600mm in northern half, and
the establishment of typical flora and fauna.
To provide additional educational facilities for study
and pond dipping.
1) Repair breach in dam by constructing sluice.
2) Control flood water level by constructing
3) Dredge lake bottom to give graded contour with
water depth of 2 metres reducing to 300mm at the northern end.
4) Excavate lake margins to increase lake area
and to provide shelving depths.
5) Plant lake shores and hinterland with willow
and introduce indigenous flora from recently established stock in wetland area.
The lake now occupies an area very similar to that
originally intended in Victorian times, with suitable control over water levels and storm
Water plants are colonising lake margins.
Shorelines have become stabilised and colonised by typical flora and associated fauna.
The lake area is now the habitat of dragonflies,
damselflies, toads and other amphibians.
Herons and Kingfishers are regular visitors.
Brown trout and bullheads abound.
Pond dipping has revealed a large diversity of aquatic