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119 ROWENA FISHING LAKES

The extreme right hand end of Pond 7 in Site 118. June 2013

20th March 2002

We first visited this site in March 2002 when David Carpenter kindly took us around his fields and ponds.
In this part there are two fishing lakes which were formed when the A6 by-pass was built. The soil was dug out to build up the road leaving scope to develop as fish ponds that were stocked with trout. The steep banks to the lakes have been planted up with trees and shrubs to provide effective screening in due course.
The site around the fishing lakes reaches down to the River Soar where it regularly floods. There is another pond here but this an older, established pond and surrounded by vegetation including Marsh Marigolds. In the swamp area there is a plantation of White Willow with young trees planted in lines. The older White Willows have been harvested and sent to a firm in Sussex for the making of cricket bats. The younger trees will be harvested in time and replaced by another planting.
In the whole area pheasants are raised for shooting
The whole area has great potential for nesting birds as the habitat is so varied and close to other similar sites plus the river.

27th March 2002

A lovely, warm sunny day and a good time for a return visit to see what bird life was around the area.
Site 118
Swan nesting on the bank of the pond. Coot and Mallard.
Site 119 Fishing Lake 1
Pair of Mallard
Site 119 Fishing Lake 2
2 pairs of Mallard, 2 Coot, 3 Canada Geese
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Robin, Blue Tit, 8 Reed Bunting, Wren, Pheasant, Chaffinch, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 8 Guinea Fowl (residents)
Also, Peacock Butterfly and Brown Rat.

Rowena Fishing Lakes Pond 6. April 2002

20th April 2002

A return visit to see the Marsh Marigolds in flower in the swamp area.

19th May 2002

This was a good time to check out the birds, especially the migrants, and we saw 39 species:
Blackbird, Chaffinch, Song Thrust, Wren (family group), Mallard, Garden Warbler, Swallows and House Martins overhead, Woodpigeon, Crow, Robin, Willow Tit, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cuckoo (calling and flying overhead), Common Tern (flying overhead), Blue Tit, Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a Lapwing, Blackcap, Kestrel, Pheasant, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Skylark (over adjoining pea field), Starling, Cormorant (flying over), Swift (overhead), 8 resident Guinea Fowl, Mute Swan, Dunnock, Whitethroat (possibly nesting), Treecreeper, Sedge Warbler (on the riverbank), Pied Wagtail, Red-legged Partridge, 2 Canada Geese with 5 goslings, Reed Bunting. A total of 39 species.

This site is ideal for nesting Whitethroat as it contains hedges and bushes of hawthorn and very large areas of uncut grass. There is a Larsen trap to catch Magpies (this is a legal trap).

Rowena Fishing Lakes Pond 6. March 2002

Rowena Fishing Lakes Pond 5. April 2002

Rowena Fishing Lakes Pond 5 March 2002

Rowena Fishing Lakes Pond 5 March 2002

Rowena Fishing Lakes Pond 5. March 2002

On the 15th July 2004 there was an article in the Leicester Mercury that Pond 5 would be filled in with soil from the building of the Leicester Paper Company (Site 304). This pond was made by digging out the soil to build up the area for the A6 by-pass so it looks to be a reversal of previous actions.
The pond is still there in 2008 and the LPC has been built. However, there has been a complete decimation of the trees and shrubs planted around the pond. The area backing on to the Wyevale Garden Centre has had good-sized Silver Birch trees and conifers cut down and left on the banks where they were felled. Such a great pity but the pond is still there and being used by wildlife.

Rowena Fishing Lakes Pond 5 May 2008

Rowena Fishing Lakes Pond 5 June 2008

Land adjoining Rowena Fishing Lakes. Looking from Soar Bank Farm to the River Soar. March 2002

ROWENA FISHING LAKES IN 2013

The Rowena Fishing Lakes in 2013 have not been used for fishing for a few years and are not maintained. The surrounding trees and shrubs have been cut back and it looks a neglected area. The photographs below were taken from the Public Footpath that runs from the old A6, along the back of the Rowena Garden Centre to Sileby Mill. Pond 5 is at the back of the Rowena Garden Centre. There is no access to Pond 6 which may have been filled in.

Pond 5 in Site 119. May 2013

Pond 5 in Site 119. May 2013

Pond 5, Site 119. May 2013