Lets look at Fairhaven

Fairhaven Lake has a unique history and is the third largest marine lake in the country.

The partnership with Fylde council and heritage lottery funding to restore and maintain the historical and natural heritage of the site is taking fruition.

There are 4 key elements to this substantial funding award;

The buildings: these are being restored to their original features.  The café is the oldest building on the lake and used to be the golf clubhouse to the golf course that this site was originally designed as.

The Isaac Dixon boathouse will become the new water-sports centre and will have a large and ample educational facilities for our RSPB sessions and dual delivery sessions with Fylde council.  There will be a purpose built classroom and new toilet and changing area facilities for visiting school groups.

The pagoda building will become a bigger and more interactive visitor centre as well as a much larger and better stocked RSPB shop.

Another element is the lake itself. The lake will also have a revamp with the water quality improvement measures to be carried out later next year, the improved sluice gate has already helped somewhat.  There are also plans to create a much more natural edge to lake to attract further wildlife and trials of this will also take place.

Landscaping is third key element. Mawson’s Japanese garden is to be reinstated as part of the historical and natural heritage of the site and new planting here will attract invertebrates and subsequently many small birds, amphibians and mammals.

The new path around the lakeside makes the lake accessible to all, without exclusion, and as this was an area where it was noted that many birds roosted, plans include the provision of a larger and much safer roosting area that will allow much less disturbance.

Activity and education are the final key element, the education offer will be expanded with us at the RSPB focusing on the natural heritage of the lake site and the national significance of the Ribble estuary and with others to offer watersports activities.

The project is great news for wildlife and people and we look forward to seeing you all next Spring when we be getting ready for the re-launch.

Jo 

All photos taken by Jo Taylor

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