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Spring watch at Carsington

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

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SIGNS of Spring have been spotted at a reservoir near Ashbourne.

Severn Trent Water rangers at Carsington Water have been out and about taking photos while they work.

They have spotted numerous birds, including mallards, snipes, lapwings, grebes and oystercatchers out on the water or near its edge, enjoying the warmer weather and looking for potential breeding sites where they may bring up their chicks later in the season.

Frogs and frogspawn can also be seen around the edges of the water.

Ranger, John Matkin, explains: “It's beautiful here at Carsington Water – the warmer weather is really bringing everything to life after the long wet winter.

"We have daffodils and hawthorn in bloom and the first buds are starting to show on trees near the water’s edge.

“Birds are also getting broody, with grebes and lapwings regularly spotted here.

"Lapwings in particular like Carsington Water because they make the islands their homes, as a safe place to bring up their young later in the year.

"We’ve also been visited by a large number of snipes this year – they can be spotted out on Horseshoe Island too.

“We’ve also got lots of frogs and I expect we’ll have a great deal more in a few weeks time – there is loads of frogspawn in ditches which will eventually develop into tadpoles then young frogs.

"It's a great time of year to come to the reservoir and enjoy the stunning views, with our play park for the kids, plus the wildlife discovery room, interesting walks and activities for all.”

Carsington is the ninth largest reservoir in England, which is used to store untreated water by Severn Trent Water.

The reservoir is an important part of the water supply network for the East Midlands and can hold millions of gallons of water.

It is so large that 700 football pitches could fit on its surface and, when full it’s 31 metres deep – the height of seven double-decker buses.

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