It's getting much warmer and brighter although it was a bit 'glary' for picture taking. The visitor centre was open so armed with a map I headed off!
Lots of wood carving signs everywhere... impressive
Loved this... thought of OC when I saw it..
There are two large ponds.. the larger is the first you come to - Douster Pond. Douster and Island Pond were constructed in Victorian times by damming Douster Brook. 16 Species of dragonfly were recorded from the ponds and it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Very ornate stonework in many places..
and a steep drop where the water flows rapidly down
and the next is Island Pond
and in the Wild Garden..
And this is the gate.. held up by a tireless squirrel...
Back at the car, a Robin was waiting for me...
Mostly Mallards out on the ponds, and one Great Crested Grebe and one coot!
- heard a chiffchaff and on the feeders by the Visitor Centre was a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Quite light of birds except for a family of Great Tits.
A pleasant visit and one I'll repeat to discover more - and a July visit for Dragon flies is on the cards!