Doncaster Lakeside

Coordinates 53°30′32″N 1°06′26″W / 53.5088°N 1.1071°W / 53.5088; -1.1071

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Doncaster Lakeside is a recreational area and shopping complex centred on a lake, around 3 km or 2 miles SE of Doncaster town centre, in the area of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. In recent years it has been expanded and modernised. Barratt Developments have built two developments in the area - 'Serenity@Lakeside' and 'Belle Vue' - under the David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes brands, respectively. After completion, the area has settled vegetation, paths, bridges, notice boards and public gatherings.

ExerciseEdit

A popular path for walkers, joggers and cyclists surrounds the lake. It follows the perimeter of the lake and is about 2 miles or 3.5 kilometres long.

WildlifeEdit

Many species of bird and fish have established themselves here and at the nearby Potteric Carr nature reserve, which offers bat, spider and other guided tours, has included this area in its extended walks about wildlife in the area.

BirdsEdit

Several species have been recorded here, including Gadwall, Canada Geese, Moorhens, Cormorants, mallard, Tufted ducks, Northern Shovellers, Gulls, Coots, Great crested Grebe, Sand Martin,[1] Temminck's Stint and Pochards. Raptors have also been seen here, including Osprey, Kestrel and Horned owl.

 
Mallard duck in flight
 
Shovellers and pochard ducks
 
Adult and young coot and eggs
 
Tufted ducks
 
Crested grebes

SwansEdit

This lake is home to a flock of mute swans which have the gene for leucism.

 
Left, mute swan cygnet (grey feet turning darker with age); right, Polish swan variant with pinkish hue to feet
 
Mute swan with lighter (pinkish) feet
 
Mute swan (darker hue feet)
 
Mute swans at Doncaster Lakeside (lighter pinkish hue feet)

In around 1800 some swans were brought in from Poland and were called Polish swans. At first, they were thought to be a new species, which was named cygnus immutabilis. Compared to normal mute swans, these swans are whiter, and their legs are pinkish, not dark. Later, modern science discovered the variant in the swans' DNA and confirmed that it was not a new species but a different allele.

BatsEdit

After sunset the resident bats show their themselves. Pipistrelle, Noctule, Daubentons, Brandts and Natterers have been heard on walks around Lakeside.[2]
 
Pipistrelle in flight
 
Noctule bat at roost
 
Daubenton's bat
 
Natterer's bat
 
Brandt's bat

SportsEdit

Annual water sports events take place here, to the irritation of nature lovers and interest groups.

Annual dragon boat racing has also been promoted. Various groups have used the lakeside track as cycling tours for their events.

Action GroupsEdit

This area is monitored by the Lakeside Wildlife Action Group.

Other groups include Birdwatch, Swanwatch, Butterflywatch, Frogwatch, as well as walking and cycling groups.

The Lakeside Wildlife Action Group recently erected informative notice boards, sponsored by a local accounting firm. Other notice boards feature walking/cycle path, location map, scan codes and walking trials and these boards are managed by Doncaster Metropoliton Borough council.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Doncaster Birding". www.doncasterbirding.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  2. ^ "UK Bats - Bat Conservation Trust". www.bats.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-27.