Winter wonderland

12 February 2009

This winter’s plummeting temperatures have covered the country park in ice and snow, transforming it into a magical winter wonderland.

Winter at Darnley


Unlike many smaller ponds and reservoirs, Balgray Reservoir did not completely freeze over, as a result greater numbers of birds have been using it. Wigeon, teal, gadwall, mute swan, goosander, Canada goose, mallard, goldeneye, pochard, little grebe and great crested grebes have all been seen, along with an impressive flock of 40 cormorants.

The snow provides a great opportunity to discover the tracks and trails left behind by animals that live in and around the country park. The footprints of roe deer, fox, grey squirrel and rabbit, as well as domestic cats and dogs, can all be found around Darnley Mill. The frozen reservoirs are also covered in bird footprints.

Footprints in snow

Please take extra care in the wintry conditions and keep off the frozen ponds and reservoirs.

The snow and icy weather makes the country park particularly photogenic, visit the winter gallery to see all the latest images.