Albert Village Lake (formerly Donington Island) looking towards Conkers Discovery Centre

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Comments (4)

Gernot Baur on June 20, 2009

Wide Landscape. What kind of area is it? Nature reserve? Greetings from Hamburg


pedrocut on June 20, 2009

Hi Gernot

Thanks for your enquiry; I always like to find out about the places that we have passed on our walks.

It appears that this area became the site of clay quarrying for fireclay around the 1920’s, and at that time the lake was not present. The site is being reclaimed as part of the scheme for a new National Forest and has recently had a name change from what used to be called Donington Island.

It is a site very much in the making, and on one of the birdwatcher’s sites it says that a female Goshawk had been sighted there; which would be quite remarkable!

Greetings from Wolverhampton, Peter.

Gernot Baur on June 20, 2009

Hi Peter, in Germany Goshawks are very rare. But I heard, that there is living a urbane population in Hamburg. I´ve only seen a goshawk one time in a forest in the south of Hamburg which is called "Rosengarten". In the "Fischbeker Heide" (directly behind our fence) the are living some nightjars. What´s the reason that there are no trees growing near the albert village lake? Graze sheep there?

Greetings from Gernot.

pedrocut on June 20, 2009

Hi Gernot

I have never seen a Goshawk and looking on the net I noted that they became extinct in Britain in the early 1900's, but started to appear again in the 1960's. This was probably the result of falconer’s birds escaping into the wild.

Looking at images of Fischbeker Heide it looks very much as your photo that I commented on and searching for my similar English version!

The trees here are recently planted, and in the foreground I think that some of them still have the plastic cylindrical protection around the trunks. In the distance the trees are even younger, and it will be interesting to see how the area develops.

Best wishes, Peter

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 19, 2009
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    by pedrocut
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 500
    • Taken on 2006/07/27 14:27:22
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 7.41mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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