See the water birds and increase your wellbeing
If your new year’s resolution was to include more exercise in your life but you need a little help to stick to it, a new walk at College Lake, near Tring, could be just the help you’re looking for.
Simply Walk is a scheme organised by Bucks County Council to encourage people to get more active.
College Lake nature reserve is one of more than 60 walking venues throughout the county. Here, the walks are held every Wednesday morning.
There are two routes to choose from, depending on how you feel.
A longer, two-mile walk includes a circuit around the whole lake or there’s a shorter walk if you’re looking for something more gentle.
Paul Simmons, visitor services assistant at Col- lege Lake, said: “The walks are a great way to get some gentle exercise and meet new people.
“Walking in a group is an ideal way to discover the site with like-minded people. Don’t worry if you’ve not exercised in a while, everyone walks at their own pace.”
The walks are free and there’s no need to book. Just turn up on Wednesdays at 10.15am ready to set off 15 minutes later.
The walks are focused on getting everyone more active and if you would like to discover more about the wildlife at the reserve, come along to one of the guided walks. These are led by Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust staff and give a great overview of the wildlife and the organisation’s work at the reserve.
Find out how the habitats at College Lake are managed for wildlife, making the most of this precious haven for birds, animals and plants. Each season you’ll see some- thing new so if you’ve been before, come again and see what’s changed.
In spring some of the water birds, such as lapwings and great crested grebes, put on fantastic courtship displays.
Lapwings swoop and swirl through the air while the grebes perform their ‘weed dance’ in perfect synchronicity.
You may even be lucky enough to catch sight of mad March hares boxing on the reserve’s grassland.
Contrary to popular belief, this is actually a female testing a male’s strength before deciding whether or not to mate with him.
Whether you’re looking for walking companions, a healthy stroll or a wildlife walk, you’ll find something to suit you at College Lake. Find out more about the lake at bbowt. org.uk/collegelake and you can learn more about the Simply Walk scheme at www.buckscc.gov.uk/ simply walk.