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Gooderstone Water Gardens - no birds Hywel


WARNING for Hywel , there is a picture of the Kingfisher on the brochure, but no more.

Because my OH had put his back out by cleaning out his fishing shed on Sunday and he didn’t think my suggestion of rest helped, he decided my other suggestion of a walk might!
So we went for a gentle wander around the water gardens which are just springing into life after the winter. Lots of soggy ground as you would expect after the rain, but you can’t have all those lovely waterways, nature bog and wet woodlands without.

Not too far from us so the ride along the Fenland bumpy roads didn’t aggravate his back too much – though he did insist on coming home the main roads rather than my scenic back roads which I sent him through on the way!

Lovely day and the weather was fine. You can’t beat hearing the sound of running water, they have placed logs across the streams so that the water has a gentle cascade over and under the barrier making a bubbling sound. Other sections have a gentle drop with a wall of water, very pretty. Two of the same spot for some reason!

The summer house (Roundhouse on the plan) is a rustic log construction with woven beech/willow hurdle-type lower sides and roofed with the type of brushwood that is sold for a wind-break. Last year when I was there I sat and watched a small Warbler dashing in and out of the inside where it had made a nest between the layers of the brushwood roofing. This is on a mound, which doesn’t really show on the photo’s, but is a calf-muscle stretch for us poor Norfolk people who aren’t used to hills! Nothing to you all from Wales and Scotland of course, just a slight incline.

The main big pond has a miniature island in it which usually is covered with ducks, but not yet this season. The willows are spectacular and the colours of the stems of the shrubs showing well at this time of year, with some in flower.

Other smaller ponds and waterways have just as pretty views. Huge stands of bamboos create background and a different sound in the breeze – though I wouldn’t like to keep them under control!

Further along is the boardwalk to the hide overlooking the lake. This does have Canada Geese, various ducks and this time of year the sound of frogs calling. Two strategically placed long sticks for the Kingfisher to perch, which it does apparently, but not today. We did however see it several times across the lake, sitting, then dashing back and forth. Such bright colouring showing up well against the stems of the trees and not concealed as they are not in full leaf yet. Not close or slow enough for me to take a photo!

There is a notice on some of the shrubs pointing out the ‘Muntjac deer browse line’ where they have stripped all leaves back to the twigs, so my problem with a few rabbits seems minor!

The walk did seem to ease OH’s back, so no complaints there and he even managed to squat and watch the sticklebacks in the shallows – so all good!

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Looks beautiful! My kind of place!!

7 Apr, 2016


Thanks Dan for looking. I am sure it would be your kind of place, but they don't have your beautiful fish. Can't do that I suppose because of the Kingfisher and probably Herons too.

7 Apr, 2016


Lovely blog, beautiful place.

8 Apr, 2016


That's a lovely place for a walk. I'm glad you had a nice day for it. I would like to visit there myself. Beautiful pictures :)

I don't mind the Kingfisher. Small birds don't freak me out so much. Farm poultry and birds of pray are the worst ... and pigeons :(

8 Apr, 2016


Thank you for your comments, I am always pleased when someone reads and comments on my blogs.
It is indeed a lovely place Jaykaty and last year I had a season ticket which was only £19 and entitled you to visit whenever you wanted, bargain I thought. Each visit is different as the flower beds show changes and the wooded and bog areas have other wild plants and wildlife. A mother duck with her little black and gold ducklings hiding under a shrub until I was gone in the boggy wood was a treat.
Thanks Hywel, as you say the little birds as less likely to blunder into you while they are flying - pigeons I think have the odd braincell missing when it comes to flying. We have pair now decided to nest in the barn and fly out as you approach - nightmare! I might have to sort that out.

9 Apr, 2016


Now that is a grand blog with lovely photo's, definitely a day trip out for my daughter and I, we love this kind of place and can spend hours wandering around and taking our photo's, I've checked out how far it is and its a piece of cake, I enjoyed the tour Honey thankyou for sharing..
We are approx 5miles from Rutland Water and have been buying the season ticket for the carpark for years, its well worth it if one is local and it doesn't take many visits to get your money back..

9 Apr, 2016


Thank you Lincslass,
I think you would enjoy it and you could always fit in a visit to Oxborough Hall which is just down the road.

Or if you really are feeling plant deprived a visit to Diddlington Nurseries just off the Thetford road. No website, no gift shop, just loads of plants at reasonable prices.

10 Apr, 2016

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