Despite an exceptionally cold day for April I visited Busbridge Lakes near Godalming with members of the Society of Biology to view the flora and fauna there. It is a micro sanctuary for water fowl but somehow the small environment seems more natural than the large compounds at the more well known preserves such as Slimbridge and Arundel offering plenty of picturesque photo opportunities for the Amateur Photographer.
The sanctuary is innovative in the way it rears its birds by keeping the chicks with both male and female parents whenever possible. A practice now copied by other wildfowl rearing establishments.
Amongst the flora are the “Restoration” chestnut trees which were planted in 1660 and are the oldest known in England.
The gardens contain a number of man-made caves, grottos and follies left behind by previous inhabitants, and an intriguing ghost walk. All of which add to its charm.
The icy cold day meant that it was not a good time to linger but I will definitely return once summer comes and we can put this harsh early English spring behind us.