Thursday 19 February 2009

Draining the lake

This morning I walked through St James' Park on my way to work. I thought I'd go by the lake and see the ducks and swans and other wildfowl. The lake however is pretty much out of action. It is currently in the process of being drained (which apparently happens every 20 years or so) to be rid of silt and rubbish. Pipes and all sorts are now visible with only a tiny amount of water left right in the middle. A few bold birds are still swimming around (or in the case of one duck picking a path gingerly across an exposed pipe) - but not much wildlife to see.

Dissapointing for bird watching - but the worst thing of all is the smell, which is something like rock pools on the sea front, but worse!