Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Lower Bruckland Farm Nature Reserve, Musbury, Devon

Formerly known as Lower Bruckland Fishery, the lakes are stocked with trout and used for fishing, but in recent years it has also become a haven for wildlife and it's enthusiasts - bird watchers, walkers and photographers - and is now a nature reserve.

The Nature Reserve now consists of five lakes. The two original large lakes are called Tringle Lake and Serpentine Lake, each some two acres in size which are supplied with natural water from the Bruckland Stream. The area was originally a site of gravel pits, of which there were plentiful in this area of East Devon.    

The first few photos are from a visit in August 2008. The photo above was taken looking back to the entrance from the lane over the stream. It was beautifully rustic and fairly overgrown. Sadly, on my second visit during August 2010 it had been replaced by a 'Health & Safety bridge' which totally spoilt the look, in my view. Hopefully it will wear gracefully and look more natural in time.

The photo below was taken on my second visit in August 2010. Oddly enough, the weather conditions were very similar, with lowering clouds spiked with intermittent sunshine. There was a lot more to see however, with several additions...now five lakes, more small ponds, some interesting wooden features, new planting of trees and shrubs and the maturing of trees over the last two years. 

One of the large two lakes above, complete with bird hide on an island reached by a wooden footbridge. On the far bank is a water wheel.

Below, a water wheel set into the bank. There are several runnels, streams and even a small tumbling weir directing water from one lake into another.

 

A wooden sculpture set upon a stone plinth, below...one of several interesting features to be seen around the lakes and amongst the undergrowth.

Ducks on the lake, below. The building on the far bank is a cafe, which I only discovered on my second visit, and where I enjoyed a muffin and coffee whilst sitting at a rustic table beneath an apple tree...and also my umbrella, as it had begun to rain by then! ;) 

Lower Bruckland farm, below. Although modernised over the years, it still contains evidence of it's 16th century origins such as the original flagstone, beams, inglenook fireplace and bread oven, and is a grade II Devon Longhouse.

Below, a wonderfully derelict muck spreader outside the farm. On the opposite side of the lane can be seen an old plough share.

These, and plenty more photos from both visits, can also be seen in the Photo Gallery album.

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