This site consists of two lakes, Glen Faba itself and the much smaller Stort Pit. Both are fringed with reedbeds, surrounded by small pockets of woodland and wildflower meadows.
The large expanses of open water are home to wildfowl including Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Wigeon as well as occasional visitors such as Black-necked Grebe. The largest wooded island on Glen Faba is home to a heronry and small Cormorant colony, easily visible from the west bank of the lake. Stort Pit offers views of Little Grebe throughout the year.
Reedbeds that fringe the northern section of Glen Faba and edges of Stort Pit are excellent for Reed and Sedge Warbler in summer as well as Reed Bunting throughout the year. On warm summer evenings large numbers of bats can be seen foraging for food along the river channels and lake edge.
There is a car park at Dobbs Weir. Pedestrian access is via Netherhall Lane, the Stort Navigation towpath or from the disabled anglers track alongside the flood relief channel at Dobbs Weir. The grass paths around the site can become muddy in wet weather.
Admirals Walk Lake
Admirals Walk Lake is a 25 acre shallow, spring-fed lake next to the railway line, with the River Lynch flowing along the site’s northern boundary.
Both the lake and river provide superb dragonfly habitat and this is one of the best sites in the park for these insects. In the summer months look out for Black-tailed Skimmers hunting low over the water’s surface or the uncommon White-legged Damselfly on the River Lynch.
The wooded fringes and open water provide excellent feeding areas for bats. On warm summer evenings it’s a great spot to watch Daubenton Bats feeding on insects over the waters surface or Pipistrelle Bats feeding overhead.
The open water of the lake is perfect habitat for Coot and Little Grebe throughout the year and in summer it’s a favourite foraging area for Sand Martin and Swallow.
The site is accessed on foot from Upper Marsh Lane and The Lynch. The nearest car park is at Dobbs Weir a short walk away. The grass paths around the site can become muddy in wet weather.
Nazeing Meads comprises three large settlement lagoons and forms part of the Lee flood relief system.
The deep open water of the lagoons offers a plentiful supply of food for diving birds including Tufted Duck. It’s a very good spot for wintering duck including Goldeneye and Goosander. Scanning the open water from the southern bridge over the flood relief channel is one of the best ways of picking up these species. Throughout the year there are good numbers of Great Crested Grebe and it’s usually possible to catch their famous ‘penguin dance’ if you search as pairs are bonding early in the year.
There’s usually a large winter gull roost on the lagoons. This is typically made up of Common and Black-headed Gulls but it’s worth looking for other species including the occasional Mediterranean Gull.
The lagoons can be viewed from adjacent tracks and public footpaths. The nearest car park and toilets are at Dobbs Weir.