Public disturbances drive wildlife from Lake Wood

Privately owned Lake Wood where public disturbances are driving away wildlife. Photograph shared by Jude Stewart.

Wildlife is being driven away from Lake Wood, Uckfield, because of people trying to swim, fish and boat there.

There was a time when flycatchers, kingfishers, and turtle doves were spotted around the lake and in the woods, but this year even grey wagtails have left the nature reserve.


Jude Stewart says the ancient woodland is owned by the Woodland Trust with permissive entry and swimming, barbecues, fires, boating and fishing are not allowed. Additional signs will be going up to make that clear.

She says the message from Woodland Trust wardens is: “We are not trying to be kill joys, but we are seeing huge impacts on the wildlife there. This is all due to the public disturbances.”

She adds that the wildlife needs our respect and our help and she has appealed for this message to be shared.

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