Backwell Lake was constructed in the mid 1970’s as a balancing pond. The site is owned by Wessex Water.
The site consists of an area of open water with a small island and some marginal vegetation. Since its construction, Backwell lake has become an important site for wildfowl and dragonflies and also as a foraging area for bats. It is a valuable amenity resource for the local community.
The site is managed by Wessex Water with input from local volunteers.
The England’s nature reserves are nominated by Natural England, as key places for natural features and wildlife in England. They were organized to protect the most significant areas of geological formations and of habitat.
The reserves are established on behalf of the nation, many by Natural England themselves, but non-governmental organizations have also played a significant role in it.
There are over 224 national nature reserves in England that cover over 800 square kilometers and practically every kind of landscape. Most of them contain nationally important or rare species of plants, birds, insects, mammals, and butterflies etc.
Here are the few nature reserves that grab the attention of many visitors: