From the main car park a path leads to the water where the peripheral round-lake path can be accessed plus a range of shorter routes. We spotted Little Grebe diving, and as we headed north towards Bessom Bridge
1The road crosses the shallower end of the lake on Bessom Bridge; from here Hurscombe Nature Reserve can be accessed.
2A well-sited bird hide at the north-east end makes an excellent pausing point. Search the sky for Goldeneye, Wigeon, and Great Crested Grebe.
34Continuethrough West Hill Wood, listening for Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Approaching the south end, some woodland has been cleared; Ravens ‘cronk ‘overhead, eyeing up picnics!
. Further woodland flanks the southerly shore. Here we saw the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker exploring the canopy before it bounced off along the edge of the wood. In winter Goosander roost near the dam at the south-west corner.