Places to see birds

Moor Green Lakes

Goosander on water

Moor Green Lakes is a result of restoration of an area from which gravel has been extracted from the Blackwater Valley over many years. The site is of local importance for wintering wildfowl which peak during the months of January to March. Wigeon, shoveler, mallard, gadwall, teal and coot are regular with the occasional goldeneye and smew having made appearances in recent years. The two hides are solely for the use of Moor Green Lakes Group Members, but a viewing screen is positioned at both Grove Lake and Colebrook Lake South. Tern Island on the former attracts both common terns and black-headed gulls to breed, whist Grove Lake is locally important for goosander. Excellent views of these sawbills can be enjoyed during the colder months. During both spring and summer, several warbler species may be seen in addition to breeding Egyptian and Canada geese. A few waders do call in during the migration periods with snipe and green sandpiper possibly the most regular and easiest to see on East Fen part of the more recently worked area West of the main complex. Hobbies hunting dragonflies during the warmer months and common buzzard and red kites also seem to favour the New Workings side of the reserve.