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Bolam Lake Country Park

Bolam Lake is one of Northumberland’s most beautiful country parks. The site consists of a large freshwater lake, which is surrounded by woodland and grassland. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing work around the lake or explore the well-established woodland which is both rich in wildlife and artistic landscapes. Key Species to watch out for include Red Squirrel, Roe Deer, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Treecreeper. The lake is also home to a good selection of wildfowl, especially during the winter months; and Warblers during the spring/summer. Recently a Smew was recorded, which remained in the area during November-December 2016.

There is a choice of three car parks, however facilities such as toilets and a cafe can be found in the main car park to the north. There are also some picnic tables in the Pheasant Field. This site is popular with dog walkers and families coming for a day out. The visitor centre sells information on a series of self-guided trails

© Ross Moore 2016

An Eyebrowed Thrush
at Bolam Lake Country Park
by Ross Moore
In November 2016

In November 2016, over a hundred birdwatchers gathered in the hope of catching a glimpse of a treasured rarity; an ‘Eyebrowed Thrush’. This rare vagrant usually winters in SE Asia and Indonesia, so to find one in the heart of Northumberland was a welcome surprise. Unfortunately despite the best efforts of lots of enthusiastic birdwatchers, the bird was not re-located the following day. This was not surprising however, as Bolam Lake and the surrounding area, is a large area to cover and there was a large chance this special visitor had passed through or was sheltering from the constant rain showers, deep in the Country Park out of sight.

Photo to the right
A Brambling
at Bolam Lake
by Alan Jack
in December 2016

If you’re looking for a relaxing day out, with facilities close by and a variety of wetland and woodland birds, Bolam Lake is definitely worth a visit.