Wildlife at Backwell Lake

Wildlife at Backwell Lake

North Somerset

Look out for the pipistrelle and daubenton bats feeding at dusk

Whatever time of day you wander around Backwell Lake, you’ll be able to discover different birds, bats and dragonflies. 

This lake, built in the 1970s, is home to more than 10 species of birds including mute swans, tufted ducks and grey herons. 

If you keep your eyes peeled you may spot a rare dragonfly or two - in fact the lake is a den of dragonflies! 

At least 19 species of common and rare dragonflies have been recorded including the scarce chaser, southern hawker and broad bodied chaser. 

If you visit at dusk or dawn you may see a pipstrelle or daubenton bats enjoying breakfast or supper! They feed on the thriving insect life found at the lake. 

Since changing the way the grass is managed at Backwell Lakes, wild flowers are flourishing including orchids. 

Please help us to protect this wildlife haven by: 

  • not fishing, cycling and swimming  
  • supervising children at all times 
  • keeping a safe distance from the water 
  • placing litter in bins provided or taking it home with you 
  • keeping dogs on leads and disposing of their waste safely in onsite bins 
  • using the car park only if you are visiting the lake.