Its the only body of water in the Lake District to have lake in its name, all the others are water as in Derwentwater, or mere as in Windermere, or tarn as in Styhead Tarn, and so on. In the above photo the Helvellyn range of mountains are in the far distance.
Bassenthwaite lake out of interest, is approx 4 miles long and 3/4 of a mile wide and about 70 feet deep at its deepest, so a relatively shallow lake. at the Northern end of the lake there is a boat club, so a good portion of the lake is used for yachting, but a large portion of the Southern end is a nature reserve, including a large area of marsh and a small area of reed bed.
Continuous scanning of the lake didn't throw up much else, a few Mallard close in and a pair of Swans , which can just about be seen in the first photo, we did find at a great distance a large raft of juvenile Goosanders chasing shoals of fry, quite comical to watch as they would all dive on mass. The only other thing of note was a Great-crested grebe also at a distance. As regards the Ospreys, no sign , the female will have left now on her journey down to Africa, the three young are still here and the adult male. also amazing two strangers dropped in during the past week and fed the young Ospreys, one of them originated from a nest over at Kelder, and now has a mate but no nest as yet.
|Close by we found some Purple-loosestrife(Lythrum salicaria) unfortunatly we are at the time of year when its past it's best.|
|when the west side of the lake is quiet Ospreys use this old tree as perch|
|And on the marsh at the Southern end of the lake is the Osprey nest, three young fledged this year great success.|
Next we moved on to Silver Meadows, and again nothing of note to mention, only saw one other person walking round.
|A couple of little arty type shelters have been built , and there is an Owl box inside this one but no sign of it being used, although Barn owls are seen on the reserve.|
|As can be seen it offers good habitat for Barn owls.|
|Another shelter built of Wattle and daub|
|Indian balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)|
As we scanned the reserve we saw a pair of Swallows hunting insects, and this was the reason why.
|Under the eves of a nearby house a nest of young Swallows.|
|As can be seen trying to catch the parents flying in was a challenge.|