Wildlife

In 2006 an ecology study was carried out and over 15 birds were identified at Bradbourne Lakes, some visiting, some full time residents such as the ducks. The more interesting specimens were the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen Aegyptiacus). Pale head and chest with dark eye patch and pink legs.

A large relative of the shelduck, the Egyptian Goose is an ornamental species. Originally from Africa, it was introduced to this country three centuries ago and is mainly found in East Anglia.

Likely to be seen only near park lakes in small numbers or in pairs, it has double quacking call, often uttered on the wing.

Clutches of eight or nine eggs hatch after about four weeks and the downy chicks are similar in marking to the shelduck chicks, usually only a few survive.

Egyptian Geese are often seen perching in trees and sometimes roosting there. This species draws attention to themselves in the Spring with noisy displays and fierce territorial fighting on the water or ashore.