CUMBRIA (Keswick), (NNW)
Anytime, autumn and spring especially (several visits 2007)
National Grid NY 2193 2762 0o0´/0o0´ 670ha 70m, lake and woodland surrounded by much higher hills
Birding Site Guide
Bassenthwaite is skirted on its W side by the A66 (Cockermouth-Keswick) and by the A591 on its e side. From the former there are 2 lay-by which can be used to view the lake. The more northerly lay-by is a good place to view nesting Ospreys from, and from this layby it is a short walk s along the shore path to the hide, which is located in the southerly nature reserve area.
The lake attracts many species of water bird, and in winter especially rarer ducks and grebes do turn up. Recent sighting have included Ring-necked Duck and Red-necked Grebe for instance.