Blagdon Lake

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Blagdon Lake

Blagdon Lake

Blagdon Lake lies in a valley at the northern edge of the Mendip Hills, close to the village of Blagdon and approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Bristol, England. The lake was designed by Charles Hawksley, and completed in 1905. The Wrington Vale Light Railway was constructed primarily to bring building materials for the lake.
Blagdon Lake was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1971.It is 212.7 hectares (526 acres). The area around the pumping station was laid out as an ornamental woodland which includes Scots pine, Cedar, Larch, Spruce, Oak, Beech, Chestnut, Willow, Lime, Holly and Maple. A variety of orchids including green-winged orchid (Anacamptis morio) and southern marsh-orchids can be seen on the borders of the lake.

A variety of water birds can be seen around the lake including: great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus) and little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), cormorant (Phalacrocoracidae), mute swan (Cygnus olor), Canada goose (Branta canadensis), shoveller (Anas clypeata) and gadwall (Anas strepera). Common buzzard (Buteo buteo) pictured can be seen on the surrounding hills and both Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) and kestrel breed. Occasional visitors include: osprey ("Pandion haeliatis"), goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo).
The ruddy darter dragonfly (Sympetrum sanguineum) can also be seen.<Actinic:Variable Name = '20'/> In the wood at the western end of the lake there are populations of badgers, roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) and fox. (wikipedia)

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