Newent Lake and Park
Set in the grounds of the former Newent Court, Newent Lake is a haven for wildlife, home for a wide variety of freshwater fish and Newent Lake Newent Lake considered one of the most beautiful public spaces in the area.
Mallard ducks, coots, moorhens and kingfishers are the most easily spotted wildlife on the water, nesting around the lake and on the island to your left. Occasionally a lone heron can be seen perched on a semi-sunken log by the wooded area to the east end of the lake.
The surrounding trees and shrubs attract many wild birds, which include common species such as blackbirds, song thrush and robins, as well as nuthatch, great spotted woodpeckers and tree creepers. Nest boxes for birds have been erected and there is a good population of blue, great and coal tits using them.
The lake is stocked with a variety of fish including carp, roach, bream, rudd, perch and a small number of eels. The fish have very few predators apart from the
occasional mink, heron or cormorant. Managed by Newent Town Council, the lake is open to fishing by permanent residents of the parish and members of Newent Angling Club only. The fishing season runs from 16 June through to 15 March.
Trees growing around the lake include alders, oak, beech and sycamore. However in the fenced off section, furthest away from this sign, cherry, common limes, field maple, horse chestnut and ash can be found. Hazel shrubs and dogwood have also been planted there over the years. The tall trees around Toby’s Hole offer a safe nesting habitat for rooks and crows, and birds of prey include sparrowhawks, kestrels and buzzards.
The lake is a favourite feeding area for bats including common and soprano pipistrelle, daubenton’s, noctule and brown, long eared bats.