See the wa­ter birds and in­crease your well­be­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WILD LIFE -

WALK­ING

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.

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