The lake is a wonderful attraction for all of our guests. It provides a beautiful location for photographs and is a peaceful area, perfect for a moment of reflection.
Here at Courteenhall we strive to support our local wildlife and work with our local community.
This year we have been able to start work with local schools, such as Roade Primary School, and the lake is an invaluable resource for this.
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing…it can:
· improve your mood
· reduce feelings of stress or anger
· help you take time out and feel more relaxed
· improve your physical health
· improve your confidence and self-esteem
· help you be more active
More information on how nature benefits mental health can be found here.
By providing this opportunity we hope the children can enjoy these benefits as well as learning about the lake eco-system.
Over the last 12 months we have noticed an increase in wildlife making use of the lake and have just had our first mayfly show! As nymphs they help reduce algae through grazing; they are also an important food source for many predators. Mayflies are rather particular in their choice of habitat, such as the chemistry of the water, because of this they are often studied by aquatic ecologists as indicators of water quality.
The lake is also home to newts, frogs and toads which are great for teaching children about amphibians but also providing wider, sensory experiences by learning what they look like, sound like and maybe even feel like!
Using their ‘nature skills’ to explore the lake helps children learn to respect wildlife and understand the dangers of water; valuable lessons for later in life.
So next time you see a beautiful lake, look closer…what might be hiding under the water?